Need a browser for very old netbook.

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    Need a browser for very old netbook.


    I have Acer Aspire One 722 netbook with C60 processor. On this very old machine, I switched from Linux Mint 19.3 XFCE to Windows 10 Enterprise 1809. Surprisingly, this version of Windows 10 runs better than XFCE for some reason. Any body know why? Any ways, the only issue that I'm having is finding a browser for this aged machine? I have latest K-meleon, but bit buggy. Any body have any suggestion?
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    MyIE9
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  4. Posts : 14
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    Never used it before. How is the performance, especially with loading javascripts? That is the problem with older machines, not enough processing power to load javascripts.
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    shinhosuck1973 said:
    That is the problem with older machines, not enough processing power to load javascripts.
    If the device is the problem i.e. not powerful enough, no browser is going to overcome this deficiency.

    Best way to find out is try it.
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    shinhosuck1973 said:
    I have Acer Aspire One 722 netbook with C60 processor....Any ways, the only issue that I'm having is finding a browser for this aged machine?

    I have an Acer Aspire One AOD270 running x86 Windows 10 Home, same vintage as yours and near-identical design, except it has an Intel Atom N2600. Surprisingly it was offered (and I accepted) the May 2020 Feature Update (2004) on the day it was released, May 27th.

    I use the latest Firefox 77.0.1 without any issues.
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    Your laptop has pretty decent CPU, 1.60 GHz duo core 4 threads. The CPU on my laptop is very weak, duo core 1.3 GHz. I can't run any of the latest browsers without turning off javascript.
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    The Classic Browser

    Otherwise Chromium or the new Edge. Blocking trackers, cookies and javascripts is mandatory in your case.
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    This is a tricky one. All modern browsers are intensive on system resources. The ones that are not intensive I would be highly speculative of as they are clearly doing something different to the market leaders. This means they may perhaps be sacrificing on very important areas like privacy, security, stability etc in order to package a browser together. And this doesn't really end well, even if the developer intentions are genuine. I would also vet and research heavily any browsers that are not recognised and do not have extensive history and reputations. Often you'll find software like this has very limited support from developers, perhaps does not get regular updates, perhaps has not been rigorously tested and therefore improved like all major browsers are, maybe the developers don't have enough time or money to run their project.

    There is a reason why people know of Edge, Chrome, Firefox. And it's not because they have just randomly appeared onto the browser scene. These guys have been here for a long time and so their history and reputations speak for themselves. These are trusted browsers. When you step into the unknown and especially when using the internet with relatively unknown and potentially untested software you are painting a target on your back. And so it's best to stick to what works. It's not worth sacrificing privacy/security in order to get an old netbook on the web.

    Have you thought about installing a netbook friendly version of Linux?
    Linux is always a good solution when it comes to getting old computers up and running. Anything can run Linux, literally anything. If it's got the nuts and bolts to make a computer run then it can run Linux. If you installed a light version of Linux like Linux Mint or Lubuntu you'd instantly eradicate much of the system resources issue as they often lie with what is already being consumed by the system BEFORE the browser runs. When your system has a very low footprint you will have more memory and processing power free right off the bat. Windows is resource intensive on it's own. Add in a browser and you're racking up substantial resource usage. This is why most servers that support the backbone of the internet run on Linux because it is above anything else (but especially because it's FREE) Many people switch to Linux when they have old and weathered computers.
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    supermammalego said:
    This is a tricky one. All modern browsers are intensive on system resources. The ones that are not intensive I would be highly speculative of as they are clearly doing something different to the market leaders. This means they may perhaps be sacrificing on very important areas like privacy, security, stability etc in order to package a browser together. And this doesn't really end well, even if the developer intentions are genuine. I would also vet and research heavily any browsers that are not recognised and do not have extensive history and reputations. Often you'll find software like this has very limited support from developers, perhaps does not get regular updates, perhaps has not been rigorously tested and therefore improved like all major browsers are, maybe the developers don't have enough time or money to run their project.

    There is a reason why people know of Edge, Chrome, Firefox. And it's not because they have just randomly appeared onto the browser scene. These guys have been here for a long time and so their history and reputations speak for themselves. These are trusted browsers. When you step into the unknown and especially when using the internet with relatively unknown and potentially untested software you are painting a target on your back. And so it's best to stick to what works. It's not worth sacrificing privacy/security in order to get an old netbook on the web.

    Have you thought about installing a netbook friendly version of Linux?
    Linux is always a good solution when it comes to getting old computers up and running. Anything can run Linux, literally anything. If it's got the nuts and bolts to make a computer run then it can run Linux. If you installed a light version of Linux like Linux Mint or Lubuntu you'd instantly eradicate much of the system resources issue as they often lie with what is already being consumed by the system BEFORE the browser runs. When your system has a very low footprint you will have more memory and processing power free right off the bat. Windows is resource intensive on it's own. Add in a browser and you're racking up substantial resource usage. This is why most servers that support the backbone of the internet run on Linux because it is above anything else (but especially because it's FREE) Many people switch to Linux when they have old and weathered computers.
    I probably tried most of the lightweight Linux distros. They run really bad on this laptop for some reason. Thank you for your help.
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