3.0.5 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
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A minimalist, lightweight, very fast, small and secure web browser for GNU/Linux systems

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Dillo is an open source tiny piece of software that provides users with a not so beautiful and modern web browser application designed from the ground up to be deployed on lightweight and minimal distributions of GNU/Linux, as well as Mac OS X and BSD flavors.

Features at a glance

Key features include tabbed browsing, an improved HTML parser based on Gzilla, GTK+ friendly graphical user interface, support for bookmarks, remote CSS, embedded CSS, customizable panel, and a HTML errors detector.

The main goals of this project, as stated on its homepage, is to democratize the Internet information access, keep user’s privacy and personal data secure from the eyes of unauthorised persons or companies, as well as to be highly efficient.

Under the hood and availability

Under the hood, we can report that program is written entirely in the C and C++ programming languages and offers a graphical user interface written with the help of the FLTK (Fast, Light Toolkit) GUI toolkit.

It is available for download only as a source archive, which means that anyone can configure, compile and install the application on any GNU/Linux or BSD operating system as long as all requirements are met.

The program is compatible with the 32-bit, 64-bit, ARM Cortex-A8 and MIPS64el architectures, and it supports the FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly BSD and Mac OS X operating systems.

Bottom line

Summing up, Dillo is a really fast, stable and small piece of software that provides users with a basic web browser in less than 350 KB. It is also known for being developer-friendly, extensible and usable.

Unfortunately, it’s a very basic and old web browser that does not support today’s Web standards, rendering pages ugly or not at all. Therefore, our recommendation for a fast, small and modern web browser is Midori, the favorite choice of lightweight Linux distributions.

Dillo was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on July 4th, 2015
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