Fifth: A New Web Browser Based On WebKitFLTK
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 15 November 2014 at 09:34 PM EST. 51 Comments
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A developer saddened by the poor state of the Opera web-browser on Linux has taken to writing his open-source web browser that carries the best features from Opera.

Back in January I wrote about a Qt5-powered web browser inspired by Opera after an open-source developer was disappointed in the sad state of Opera's Linux affairs. Now another developer has taken to a similar agenda to relive his Opera memories. Lauri Kasanen, who some will recognize as being a contributor to Mesa and focusing on the Radeon Linux driver, has taken to writing his own browser.

Lauri's new browser is called Fifth and is based on WebKitFLTK. The first public release of Fifth was announced this afternoon as a Linux-exclusive browser that "carries the best features from Opera." Lauri's new browser is called Fifth and is based on WebKitFLTK. The first public release of Fifth was announced this afternoon as a Linux-exclusive browser that "carries the best features from Opera." Fifth is licensed under the GNU GPLv3.

The Fifth web browser features SSL certificates handled in a SSH-like way, spoofing / anonymous browsing improvements, and support for other modern web browser features. The Opera-derived features include support for speed dial, content blocking, and per-site settings.

Find out more about this new Linux web browser via the release announcement and SourceForge project site.

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