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Galeon at a glance

Galeon is a fairly customisable browser. Besides the toolbar modification mentioned earlier in the article, changes to several other aspects of the browser can be done quite easily. Simply go to the preferences section, which you'll find under the `Settings' menu. Here you can edit all aspects of the browser, right from the fonts used to things like proxy server settings. The settings structure vaguely resembles Netscape's, so if you have tweaked Netscape in the past, then you should be able to figure out how to get Galeon working easily. (See image below)


Adding plugins

Adding plugins to Galeon, although fairly straightforward, is a little tricky, largely due to the fact that most Linux versions of popular browser plugins do not have streamlined installation programs. Generally, to install a plugin you'll have to login in as root and then copy it to /usr/mozilla/plugins. Check the documentation that comes with the plugin to see if you need to do anything more specific. Galeon is compatible with Netscape and Mozilla plugins so getting plugins will never be much of a problem.

To conclude

Our experience with Galeon has been fairly good; we love its small footprint and fast page rendering speed. GTK is a nice change from the motif-based interface of Netscape 4. Galeon is fairly stable, although it does crash more often than we would like. Galeon though is very helpful with these crashes, the next time you start; it allows you to recover your previous session. The occasional crashes should not deter you, because for the most part this browser will serve you well.

Galeon is like a good sports car, not ultra luxurious but capable of dazzling raw performance. So go and get the browser that's meant for the Web!