Testing Midori and Geary


Seamonkey has failed me for the last time. I figured this was bound to happen anyway, since the whole damn thing is built from Mozilla code. There are just some websites that refuse to load in Seamonkey that load instantly in other browsers. The mail interface is kinda dated and clunky. I don’t really mind that because it’s familiar to me and I’m used to it. But as a recommendation for others, wellll…. not so much.

Oh, guess what?! There’s actually such a thing as browsers that are not built from Edge, Firefox or Chromium! It seems like most people either don’t know that or they think they have to use something built on one or the other. It ain’t so, y’know.

So today, just for giggles and grins, I’m revisiting a couple of non-Mozilla and non-Chromium applications. The first is…. <drumrollllllll> …

The Midori web browser! A couple of years ago I test-drove this ultralight and simple browser and ended up hating it because it crashed randomly and frequently. It always “picked up where it left off,” but the random crashes were so frequent that Midori became unusable for more than a cursory glance at a web page. Now, however, even under heavy use for over an hour, Midori is nimble and quick as always, and free of whatever bug caused it to crash and burn without warning or provocation. The project is run by some private company now, no longer part of the Xfce Desktop project. But it’s still fully open-source and free, which I insist upon. If you’re using Debian and/or Ubuntu or variations of them, don’t bother with the .deb packaged version yet. It doesn’t work and it’s a known issue with the developers. It installs easily as a Flatpak in any Linux distribution, and it’s available for Windows as well. It doesn’t have all the features and add-ons and bloat of the popular browsers, except for the built-in ready-out-of-the-box ad-blocker, and it doesn’t have the “lemme hold you by the hand” kinda interface that slows other browsers down. It lacks documentation for now, but I suspect some good stuff is in the works now that the project is newly revived. Definitely worth a test drive!

The other app I have reviewed before and also really liked, even though the Geary e-mail client lacks a proper Address Book. It can collect email addresses and offer them in the ultralight but not-so-intuitive HTML-enabled mail composer. For the full-featured alternative for Linux, check out Evolution, which is a good and less bloated drop-in replacement for Thunderbird. I’m actually writing this blog post using Geary! It’s effortless, but again, it doesn’t offer the “lemme hold your hand” sort of interface that adds weight and bloat to most other popular email clients for Linux. If you’re an ElementaryOS user, Geary will already be mostly familiar to you, even without the changes eOS made to Geary when it was the default email app in that operating system.

Conscience-driven as I am about avoiding “woke” products even if they’re free, and with Seamonkey relying too much on woke Mozilla for it’s source code as well as hosting and marketing, I’m much more likely to adopt these two wonderful bits of software as my default apps.

11 thoughts on “Testing Midori and Geary

    1. Hi Simon,
      I too always wanted Midori to work before, because it’s so darn fast and uncomplicated. It’s been a long time since I had tried it on several different platforms with the same crashy behavior. This time it’s flawless and fast! You’ll like it!


      1. So, I’ve been using it for a couple days and it’s okay, but there are a couple things that concern me. I checked the github/gitlab page and it hasn’t received any updates since 2019. Also, the main dev is a they/them nutcase.
        So… any recommendation for lightweight browsers?


      2. A little update: Apparently Midori was bought by a company named Astian, and they have released an updated version… but it seems to be even worse than its predecessor. This company looks very shady to me, and their claims of being respectful of the privacy of their users look more than questionable.

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  1. Yup. I too have again put Midori to one side. Perhaps because it installed as a Flatpak, it was a bit of a hassle to get it set up as the default browser (“permission denied”) and in it’s proper place on the apps menu. I also found that it loaded pages with less speed than my old standbys, Seamonkey and Brave. It started quickly and loaded fast, but with multiple tabs open it became a pain in the rump.

    My browser of choice now is Brave, without all the “Rewards” stuff active. I also like it because the CEO that Mozilla fired for daring to have a “non-woke” (correct) opinion on marriage and family is the one who makes the Brave browser. Chromium-based.

    I have de-Googled and de-Mozilla’d my computer, choosing Evolution (better than Geary for me) and Brave over any Mozilla or Google products.

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  2. Falkon uses either qt-webkit or qt-webengine. qt-webkit is abandoned upstream for security reasons, while qt-webengine is stuck up to the hub in the google-swamp (shares most code with chromium)

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