Browser 2014 reviews – konqueror
I did not have to change much to try out konqueror. I have been using it, in association with “akregator”, for reading blogs.
The good news about konqueror in opensuse 13.1 (and KDE 4.11.3), is that it is a lot more reliable than what I experienced with 12.3. I can use konqueror for several days without it crashing. Previously, with 12.3, it would often crash several times per day.
I have konqueror set to load plugins (such as the flash plugin) on request. That works pretty well. When there is a flash video, there is a little button “load plugin” that I must click before it loads. This is very similar to using the “flashblock” extension with firefox. And I do use that extension. Otherwise some of the flash in advertisements would be annoying.
I have had few crashes with this release of konqueror. But most of the crashes have been related to the use of flash. With some videos, it will crash if I click the “stop” button to stop playing. On at least on test, there was no crash if I switched konqueror to automatically load plugins. However, such crashes are rare enough that I prefer the control over running flash, even at the cost of an occasional crash.
By default, konqueror uses the “Webkit” engine. However, I am able to switch it to “KHTML”. I have experimented with both, though most of my testing has been with “Webkit”. Using “Webkit”, the spell checker does not work. If I switch to “KHTML”, then spell checking starts working. Unfortunatel,y, using “KHTML”, I am unable to access “disqus.com” blog comments, and that is one of the places where I would like to be able to spell check.
As best I can tell, there is no facility for private browsing. That’s perhaps my biggest problem with konqueror, though not actually a very big problem for me.
For the most part, konqueror seems to be compatible with most (or all) web sites. I have only run into three “problems”:
- if I switch to the “KHTML” engine, then I cannot access “disqus” comments;
- when I try to read my Yahoo email, a popup suggests that I switch to the latest version of “firefox” or “safari”. However, when I click the “continue” button, everything works fine with “konqueror”.
- when I login to the webmail interface at work (Novell groupwise), I am told that the browser is not supported and that I should switch to a different browser. However, if I ignore the warning and login anyway, everything works.
There might be sites that cannot handle konqueror, but I have not come across them.
I quite like konqueror. While I still prefer “firefox”, I see konqueror as a good second choice. Except when testing other browsers, I intend to keep using it in association with “akregator”.