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Raspberry Pi For Dummies by Mike Cook, Sean McManus

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Browsing the Web

When it comes to browsing the web on your Raspberry Pi, you really are spoilt for choice, with three browsers to choose from. Midori is the recommended browser for most websites, although it’s good to be aware of the others because they can be faster (albeit they achieve speed by stripping out some of the web page’s features). Open the Programs menu, and you’ll see the browsers in the Internet category:

check.png Dillo: This browser is fast, but web pages look different than intended on it because it can’t handle sophisticated layout instructions or JavaScript, the language used for creating interactive web pages. Several websites we tried were rendered as a single deep column because Dillo couldn’t understand where the header box, sidebars, the main page content, and the bottom box should go. You can switch off images in the Tools menu, which can greatly speed up downloads of complex pages. If you’re accessing mainly text information or have a particularly slow web connection, this browser might be a good choice, but you won’t benefit from much of the work website owners put in to creating web page designs that are easy to use.

check.png Netsurf: This is capable of handling more sophisticated layouts than Dillo, but it also lacks support for JavaScript. Many websites look as they do ...

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