Unicode Web browsers for Unix and Linux computers
The Web browsers listed on this page all claim to support HTML 4, and should therefore support Unicode. However, I know very little about Unix and Linux and I have no practical experience with these operating systems, so I cannot be sure that the browsers really do support Unicode. Please feel free to add information, point out errors, and suggest further sources of information by using the Comments and Questions form.
Mozilla is an Open Source Web browser for version 2.2.14 or higher of the Linux kernel, with glibc (2.2.4 or higher), gtk+ (1.2.0 or higher, 1.2.5 or higher preferred), or XFree86-3.3.6.
For more information and free downloads, visit the mozilla.org Web site.
Versions for Sun Solaris are available from Mozilla 1.4 Browser for the Solaris Operating System.
Version 0.9.2 of Mozilla was used as the basis for Netscape 6.1, version 0.9.4 as the basis for Netscape 6.2, version 1.0 as the basis for Netscape 7.0, version 1.4 as the basis for Netscape 7.1, and version 1.7.2 as the basis for Netscape 7.2. The Mozilla layout engine is used in Epiphany and Galeon (Gnome Web browsers) and in Nautilus (a Gnome file manager that includes an HTML viewer).
Versions 6, 7, 7.5, 8 and 8.5 of the Opera Web browser for Linux include Unicode support. More information and the latest version are available on the Opera Web site.
Epiphany is a Web browser for GNOME, an Open Source desktop that is included in most BSD and GNU/Linux distributions. Epiphany uses the Mozilla layout engine.
More information and free downloads are available from the Epiphany Web site.
For more information, visit Firefox - Rediscover the web.
Firefox can be downloaded from the Mozilla Firefox - Next Generation Browser page.
Galeon is a Web browser for GNOME, an Open Source desktop that is included in most BSD and GNU/Linux distributions and also works on many other Unix systems. Galeon requires both GNOME and Mozilla, and uses the Mozilla layout engine.
More information and free downloads are available from the Galeon section of the SourceForge Web site.
Internet Explorer 5
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 5 for Unix was available for Hewlett-Packard’s HP-UX English version 10.20 or later (on HP 9000 Enterprise Server, HP 9000 Workstation or HP Visualize Workstation) and Sun Solaris English version 2.5 or later (on Sparcstation 2 or greater).
It used to be available on the Internet Explorer for UNIX page, but appears to have been discontinued.
Konqueror is an Open Source Web browser that is under development for many flavours of Linux. It is part of KDE (an Open Source graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations) and includes unusual features such as text-to-speech synthesis and support for Active-X controls.
For more information and free downloads, visit the Konqueror - the web browser site.
More information is available on the Nautilus FAQ Web page.
Netscape Navigator 4.8
Netscape Communicator is available for AIX 4.2, HP-UX 11, Linux 2.2 and Solaris 2.8.
It is available in versions with the user interface in several languages.
For more information and free downloads, visit Download Netscape 4.7x & 4.8.
Development of version 4.x has ceased, and Netscape 7 was developed as its successor, with much-improved standards compliance.
Netscape Navigator 7.2
Netscape 7.2 for Linux 2.2 is available in English for free download from Download Netscape 7.2.
Netscape 7.2 is based on Mozilla 1.7.2.
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