Thursday, April 16, 2009

Web browsers vs. debtags

So I wanted to see what web browsers are available in Debian. The first stop was http://packages.debian.org/. Going to the page of one browser package and clicking on "Browser" in the tags area only gives you the explanation of the tag, but not the list of other packages with that tag. Is that available somewhere?

So next try maybe grep-dctrl ... oh, grep-debtags appears to be the ticket.

$ grep-debtags -n -sPackage web::browser
arora
browser-history
caudium-dev
caudium-modules
caudium-perl
caudium-pixsl
caudium-ultralog
chimera2
conkeror
cookietool
dhelp
edbrowse
elinks
elinks-lite
elvis
elvis-console
epiphany-browser
epiphany-browser-dev
epiphany-extensions
epiphany-gecko
ezmlm-browse
galeon
galeon-common
gtkcookie
iceweasel
jsmath
junior-internet
kazehakase
konq-plugins
links
links2
lynx
lynx-cur
lynx-cur-wrapper
mozilla-firefox-adblock
mozilla-noscript
netrik
netsurf
saods9
stripclub
sugar-web-activity
surfraw
w3m
w3m-el
w3m-img
wapua
claws-mail-dillo-viewer
dillo
konqueror
midori

How many of those are actually web browsers? Probably about half of them. (Example: caudium (not listed) is a web server, caudium-dev is its development package, not very close to a web browser.)

This would actually be quite a useful interface if the tags had any relationship to reality. I was in fact looking for a lightweight graphical browser, so this is a plausible command:

$ grep-debtags -n -d -sPackage web::browser -a interface::x11 -a -! suite::gnome -a -! suite::kde

which gives me 15 hits, of which 8 or 9 are actual web browsers.

Well, my search for a lightweight browser stopped here:

iceweasel
lightweight web browser based on Mozilla

Yeah! ;-)

8 comments:

  1. Firefox/Iceweasel and lightweight? Haha. Try Epiphany.

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  2. I guess the good ol' www-browser virtual package gives a better indication here ;)

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  3. I notice that, for example, caudium-dev is still tagged as a web browser. You probably do not know that you can can fix it yourself at http://debtags.alioth.debian.org/edit.html (which is time better spent than writing down a rant :)

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  4. If you find packages with bad debtags, please fix them:

    http://debtags.alioth.debian.org/edit.html?pkg=foo

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  5. You might want to look at kazehakase. A friend of mine used it for about a year and really enjoyed it before going back to Firefox/Iceweasel for some reason.

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  6. Try uzbl, or as mentioned, epiphany. Iceweazel is simply Firefox without branding. It's like the CentOS of browsers and it's no more lightweight than Firefox is.

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  7. Try arora - truly lightweight.

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  8. On my 333mhz 256mb pc .Dillo2 followed by Arora > Midori. That said I use Dillo 2 and Iceweasel. Arora and Midori are still a little buggy for everyday use, but starting to look very nice.

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