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Alternative software: Konqueror Browser

The Linux platform has an absolute wealth of what I would call alternative software. Many of these applications were built simply to fill in a gap or provide a missing function but since then a real culture of alternative software has emerged as well. What do I mean by this? Well there are many developers who have decided that instead of putting their time and resources into building up a pre-existing application they would rather try building something similar, but different, from scratch themselves. This is both a strength and a weakness for the Linux platform overall because while it means there is always constant innovation many of the applications lack a sense of development and usability maturity about them.

Just visit one of the many, many websites that do nothing but feature these alternatives.

Just visit one of the many, many websites that do nothing but feature these alternatives.

 

One such alternative in the world of file and web browsers is Konqueror. This classic KDE application has been around since 1996 and wears many different hats from file browser and web browser to image and document viewer, etc.

As a bit of background – I only really played around with Konqueror briefly a few years ago, so when I installed it on my Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon computer I was interested in seeing how it performed. Unfortunately when I launched the application the first thing that greeted me was a half-broken interface…

Not the best start...

Not the best start…

I’m not sure if the missing images were as a result of me not running it on KDE but this wasn’t the best first impression all the same.

Next I decided to take a look through the various settings and menus to see what options were available. Most of it was pretty standard fare but I was intruiged by what appeared to be the option to change the web browser engine from KHTML to… well I’m not really sure to be honest as there was only the one option.

Configuring Konqueror

Configuring Konqueror

Being a web browser I figured what better way to run it through its paces than load up a few web sites and see how things go. For the most part Konqueror proved to be an adequate, if not slow, web browser but I also ran into a number of rendering problems along the way. For example while watching videos on YouTube none of the playback controls were visible. Another time I visited a website and there was a weird white square over top of one of the menus.

On the left is Google Chrome rendering it correctly. On the right is Konqueror overlaying a weird square for some reason.

On the left is Google Chrome rendering it correctly. On the right is Konqueror overlaying a weird square for some reason.

When I tried loading up a popular news website Konqueror gave up and completely stop responding. None of these are reasons to recommend anyone actually use this browser over something like Firefox or Chrome.

So if Konqueror isn’t a great web browser how does it compare as a file browser? The short answer is even worse. I tried browsing to my home directory and instead just got what appears to be a low-level file system/type error…

Oh yeah, I'm sure the average user knows exactly what an inode is...

Oh yeah, I’m sure the average user knows exactly what an inode is…

If it isn’t obvious by now I think it’s safe to state the obvious: I would not recommend using Konqueror as an alternative to either one of the mainstream web browsers (i.e. Firefox, Chrome, etc.) or standard file browsers.

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  3. Konqueror user
    November 7th, 2016 at 18:16 | #3

    Please, install and try really konqueror; then you can write about it…

  4. Tyler B
    November 13th, 2016 at 09:18 | #4

    Konqueror user :

    Please, install and try really konqueror; then you can write about it…

    @Konqueror user
    I’m not sure what you mean. I did install Konqueror and try and use it?

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