Posts Tagged ‘browser’


Install Android browsers without Google Play

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Android is the most used operating system for phones. Unfortunately software updates for android phones are not always available nowadays, so the only way to keep your phone secure and up-to-date, is to use a community driven version of Android.

Well, Android is open source, so you can always build something like LineageOS to get a recent version of Android for your device.

I certainly can recommend that. Even older phones are running quite nice, especially when all the proprietary (Samsung/Google) stuff is not installed. Don’t flash GAPPS and your phone feels like new.

Of course that means you don’t have something like Google Maps, but safety has a price, and to be honest, OsmAnd Maps is an excellent replacement.

Software for Android phones outside Google Play store

So now you have a recent LineageOS Android version on your phone, now you need software. You can use the F-Droid repository full of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software).


Opera Browser for Android outside the Google Play Store

You can find the Opera Browser, both the Mini, Mobile and the Opera Android version here:

Firefox Browser for Android outside the Google Play Store

Firefox for Android is the only mobile browsers that has support for extensions. I can really recommend it.

You can find the Firefox browser, the apk package  here:

If you want to try out a beta version of Firefox for Android, you can find it here:

And Firefox Aurora, the nightly builds:

When you use Android AOSP, you can have a hard time finding the right browser for your device. Don’t ask me why, but all those links are more or less unfindable, because they are hidden from search-engines.

<meta name="robots" content="noindex">

Hope we can help.

Android AOSP is a great operating system for phones, and more or less the only way to use an Android Phone safe and secure for more then two years.


Firefox seems to change/hide direct download links for their Android browser. I guess Google is making the rules, and forbids public downloads.

Google is getting a pain in the ass here, why are they discouraging people to run 100% transparent open source software: Google that behavior is doing evil!.

There is always the FDroid Firefox version, I can recommend that.

And of course there is the public development on Github, which offers releases as well:

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Why I use Opera as my main browser

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Yeah, I use it since the Phoenix Alpha’s but the main reason is…

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How to install Opera 10 Alpha under Linux

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Opera claims that a alpha or beta version will not interfere with a standard installation, but that’s mainly true for Windows. For Linux you have to be a bit more carefull, but still it’s easy.

How do you install the latest Opera Alpha/beta version on a Linux/ Ubuntu box? The download page doesn’t offer the dedicated Ubuntu versions like it does for main versions. But don’t worry, it is easy.

Opera 10 Alpha in action

Opera 10 Alpha in action

There a several version for download, for AMD64 bits for 64 bits systems or intel-linux for 32bits setups. Make your choice.

Then you have to choose for different GCC  and QT versions. GCC stands for GNU Compiler Collection the standard compiler for most Linux systems. QT refers to the LIBQT libraries. Qt is a cross-platform C++ application framework. Qt’s primary feature is its rich set of widgets that provide standard GUI functionality. You can check your versions in the Synaptic Package Manager and choose.

I took the easy way:  I simply downloaded the bundled version with the latest versions, and it worked.

Don’t take the RPM or DEB’s packjages. They will be installed with installers like dpkg and interfere with your existing Opera browser. Choose the gz or bz2 packages instead.

Download the packages to your home folder, extract, and run!

To extract the bz2:

tar -xvjf opera-10.00-4102.gcc4-bundled-qt4.i386.tar.bz2


cd opera-10.00-4102.gcc4-bundled-qt4.i386/

And run:


That’s all! Opera runs just fine. And the new rendering speed is fast, really fast. I noticed that scrolling is not always smooth on complicated SVG pages, but hey, it’s a alpha. Webfonts are cool. Expect a demo here soon.

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Canvas Rendering Quality

Monday, October 20th, 2008

This post shows some surprising differences in rendering quality from various browsers.

As you can see the Google Chrome screen-shot is simply ugly. Google Chrome is fast in javascript calculations, but that seems to have a price.

Opera | Safari | Firefox | Chrome

It looks like Chrome is simply skipping some pixels and the rendering doesn’t seemed to be aliased.

You can run the example demo in your own browser to see the results.

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Third Party Cookie Privacy Issues

Thursday, October 16th, 2008


Cookie settings can be confusing sometimes. Most browsers offer a setting `Don’t accept third party cookies` (Firefox) or `Accept only cookies from the site I visit` (Opera 9.5), `Accept only cookies from the sites I visit` (Safari). Although stated a bit differently this setting seems to have the same functionality.

Not so!

I’m not going into Microsoft Explorer, because I think internet-users that do care about internet, security and privacy should leave Explorer aside. Microsoft’s privacy and security record is historically below par, as well as their support for open standards. And they don’t like internet: they don’t wanna connect people, they want people to use Microsoft products. Later more!

First of all the settings aren’t stated very well in all dialogs. Don’t accept means don’t send as well, both in Firefox and Opera and that’s a good thing, because sending (untrusted) cookies is the `bad` thing.

Default settings, same results

What’s the difference in these settings. Try it yourself. Open a Google page in another tab, login with your account or login to gmail, and refresh this page.

If you have accept all cookies selected, you will see a personalized Google page in the iframe, recognisable with your gmail-address somewhere on top. That’s the same in Firefox and Opera and Safari.

Advanced cookies settings, different results

Now try the other setting: Don’t accept third party cookies.

Reload the page, and the iframe will not show a personalized Google page. The same behaviour in Opera and Firefox, but Safari does show a personalized page.

That’s remarkable, I don’t expect browsers to send cookies to third party iframes, when you have explicitly forbidden them.

But now comes an interesting point. Click the search button in the iframe. Google will carry out the same search as before and Firefox will not show a personalized page, meaning it’s not sending a cookie, but Opera will! Opera is sending a cookie, although the cookie setting is Only accept cookies from the domain I visit.

Strange again? Yes and no.

Yes, because you would expect it won’t send a cookie to the different domain.
No, because clicking on the iframe means in a way visiting the iframe, so the iframe is not a different domain anymore.

It’s debatable which policy is best. I think Safari sucks here. The privacy mode doesn’t work here and the cookie setting doesn’t do what it should do.
I would choose Firefox’s way as best. If I want to visit an iframed Google page as a user I can do that in a new tab or window.


Bottom-line: Third part cookie settings are differently implemented by browser vendors, that’s confusing. Cookies are to easely send to third parties, even with advanced security settings.

Does the strict settings have a side-effect for redirects. I’m not sure. What do you think?