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Chrome: The fastest web browser for Linux?

Linux offers a great range of choices when it comes to web browsers, there really is a browser out there for everybody. But which Linux browser is the fastest?

A writer at ZDNet ran some tests and came to the conclusion that Google’s is the best choice for Linux users that want a really fast web browser.

SJVN reports for ZDNet:

Firefox is easily the most popular Linux web browser. In the recent LinuxQuestions survey, Firefox took first place with 51.7 percent of the vote. Chrome came in second with a mere 15.67 percent. The other browsers all had, at most, scores in single percentages. But is Firefox really the fastest browser? I put them them to the test, and here’s what I found.

To put Linux’s web browsers to the test, I put them through their paces on Ubuntu 16.04, the current long-term support of the popular Linux desktop distribution. This ran on my older Asus CM6730 desktop PC. This has a third-generation 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-3770 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GT 620 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. This four-year-old PC has horsepower, but it’s no powerhouse.

Taken all-in-all, I think Linux users should look to Chrome for their web browser use. When it’s not the fastest, it’s close to being the speediest. Firefox, more often than not, really isn’t that fast.

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What are some good FOSS video games?

Linux has much to offer in terms of video games these days, but one redditor recently wondered about FOSS games. He posted his question in a thread in the Linux subreddit and got some interesting answers.

Chibinchobin started the thread with this question about FOSS video games:

What are some good FOSS video games?

I’ve been playing Minetest for quite some time now and lately I’ve been having a lot of fun with FreeDoom. Playing these games made me curious about other good FOSS games. So, what are some FOSS games you play and enjoy?

His fellow redditors chimed in with their thoughts:


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Svkmpn: “, especially when playing with friends, is extremely fun – I have lost many a weekend to it.”

Windowsisspyware: “ is a nice AOE remake.”

DraugTheWhopper: “…my favorite: , although it can be tricky to get running correctly on Windows.”

Cobra_Fast: “BZFlag – countless childhood hours spent in there. Good times. In the past few years the community and playerbase seems to have mostly died down though.”

Tc655: “ is one of the better open source games because it was made by a professional developer studio and published by Activision:

It started as freeware, then the game logic was made open source, then the game engine. Unfortunately the default assets aren’t FOSS licensed, so it’s not 100% FOSS, technically.”

Ken0201: “I used to play a lot of Urban Terror.. haven’t played it in a while. OpenArena.. another I played quite a bit of. Assault Cube… Didn’t play it as much as the other two.. but still burned more than a few hours on it.

This was easily 8-9yrs ago, and they had plenty of levels, players, etc. Not sure how it is nowadays, but if I were getting back into it… I’d start by checking those 3.”

Heavensblade2: “Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup or most free roguelikes really.”

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