For many people, browsing the Internet is a way of getting distracted and for others it is a way of working, therefore they need a program according to the particular needs of each person, in this sense, the field of web browsers seems to be dominated by the three “big ones”: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge, but there are always mature alternatives to them like Opera, Safari or Vivaldi, each one with its advantages and disadvantages.
Now everything must be “smart”
We live full of advertising that drives us to buy, buy and buy even more, and in the technology sector if the word smart doesn’t come up, then we practically throw it away.
Min is an open source web browser that defines itself as intelligent and minimalist, whose goal is to be fast and efficient to improve the browsing experience.
With Min, there are no tabs or buttons, this web browser takes simplicity to its maximum limit, also standing out for being energy efficient and that is something that users with laptops will appreciate due to the small screens.
The term Intelligent is because its search bar is capable of giving simple answers when entering a term and doing calculations, so it saves time when searching for a small word.
It includes features such as:
- Information from DuckDuckGo in the search bar.
- Built-in ad and tracker blocking
- Fuzzy search
- Full-text search for visited pages
- Dark theme
- PDF Viewer
- Creation of tabs and tasks
- Easy bookmark management
- Reading control
- Support for style scripts
- HTML5 support on YouTube
As an open-source project we can access the source code, and if we know how to develop it we can provide code or simply revise it. We can see the source code on your GitHub site.
However it lacks extensions and the possibilities they offer us, but it is a great alternative if we only want to be on the web.
Installing Min in Debian, Ubuntu and derivatives
To install it on Debian, Ubuntu and its derivatives, we must download the precompiled package from its GitHub website, here.
And in it we download the.deb package of 32bits or 64bits according to the type of operating system we have installed.
Once downloaded, we must install it via terminal with the command:
sudo dpkg -i file_path.deb
In my case, I downloaded it and put it in my home directory.
sudo dpkg -i min_1.7.1_amd64.deb
First contacts with the browser
The first thing we can notice is that effectively, the interface is very clean, but even for me, who have a too slow internet connection, you can notice that the loading speed of the browser is very good.
In this screenshot, we can notice the reason for the term “smart”, by placing Google on the address bar, we can immediately find a definition of it using information from Wikipedia.
As a conclusion we can say that the web browser market is dominated by the big three but there is always room for innovative projects that come to bring significant things to us users.
Of these projects, Min is a very interesting one, combining simplicity, efficiency and minimalism we find an “intelligent” and modern browser.
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