Well, it seems that everybody is at holidays, so first of all, enjoy yourself!
I finished my web browser's test in my second laptop, the MY 2012 HP that strangely is much slow than my MY 2007 Acer wich has the same RAM and is 5 years older...
In the Acer no issues to signale, in the HP not also, but is slowest so it was that finally decides me.
For memory, the machine is:
HP Mini 210-4130sf, year 2012, Intel Atom 2600N 1,6 Ghz, 1 MB L2 cache memory, 1 GB RAM DD3, chipset Intel NM10+ICH8m , Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3600 (takes until 218 MB of main RAM), 10,1" screen and a classic 320 GB SATA 5400 rpm HDD plenty of bad sectors. I use a 5 GB swap partition, the same schema than in the Acer ones.
I tested Firefox, Opera (in 3.0.6), Chromium, Vivaldi and Midori.
I didn't take care to total memory or CPU wasted, because I ran continuously around 900 MB RAM and 500 MB swap.
My test were in the basis of my daily work that had:
- One Thunar window open to open/close some files as I need
- One ODS spreadsheet (always the same) with several tabs
- One or two Scite text documents (small txt files)
- System monitor
- The web browser with several tabs, that includes some web pages that I know they are really slow in this machine, as protonmail, and Linkedin. Also I listen Accuradio in another tab if possible (see Vivaldi issues)
Opera was out of the run, because is not more supported in 32 bit, is a pity because I loved it and it was the fastest in 3.0.6
Firefox, the big classic, because it supports plenty of extension and I have bookmarks in it since Netscape Navigator, is simply unusable in my machine (as Thunderbird, both are nice but very big), I use it only to sync my bookmarks and passwords and the import them into the other browser.
Midori: The fastest one, and seems to have less crashes as it had when I discovered it in Bodhi Linux some time ago. But it can't manage bookmarks and password by itself, it has almost any add-on, and it seems that it's development is too slow (I read some news from 10 years ago that saw managing bookmarks / password were in development, but 10 years later there aren't nothing. So is not an alternative.
Vivaldi: Is not slow, it even runs well in my laptop, it has plenty of privacy features I love a lot, for big screens it can divide the screen in 2 or even 4 tabs, that looks nice, imports bookmarks + passwords from another web browsers (and sync them between several PCs running Vivaldi). I like it, I love it, and is a very good alternative to include by default, I only found 3 major inconvenances:
- Is not included in Debian repositoires, is a package to download and install, so I don't know if there are some license inconvenances, I think is GNU but I haven't time to take a look closer to its website and analyse the terms of utilisation.
- It doesn't play some media that uses Flash (like Accuradio site, one of my test opened sites) even if Flash is installed, so in my test I can't had Accuradio opened.
- Third, the package takes system language as default, I didn't found the way (I doesn't really had time to investigate it in DuckDuckGo), I have my systems in English, but I also write in French (my professional e-mail) and in Spanish and I have both QWERTY and AZERTY keyboards in my 2 laptops, so I need to have those three languages installed, I can't finally use it to send my french's e-mails. I think it must be possible to have multiple languages (or maybe not) and this is not a problem for a normal user that will have it system only in its native langue.
- BTW, @Thanatermesis I ran Vivaldi test only in 3.7.4-32 because I can't install the *.deb package in 3.7.7-32, Gdebi ends at installation start, it maybe is a bug, I'll try to install another *.deb package in 3.7.7 with GDebi th see if is due to Vivalvi or if is an issue of GDebi. In 3.7.4-32 GDebi ran fine and package was installed with no problem.
To finish, Chromium: The most versatile one and the fastest one, it has been able to works with 11 tabs opened as protonmail, linkedin, accuradio and even a Youtube tab, usually in this machine Firefox wasn't able to play Youtube. It imports bookmarks and passwords (and sync them too) and supports multiple languages and lets to write in several at same time, the orthographe editor is very nice. The only inconvenience for me is that is very G focused even if is open source (but is a personal inconvenience because I try to get G out of my life as much as possible).
So, @Thanatermesis I propose to include by default in Elive 32 Superleggera Chromium and that installer suggest also Firefox and Vivaldi (if Vivaldi license has no problems with Elive).
I personally will use both, Chromium + Vivaldi and I'll priorise Vivaldi in my own system if I get to install multiple language support and solve the issue that avoid some pages like accuradio to play in.
I'm actually performing the test of media players, I hope give you my feedback in 2-3 days because I want to be sure of the pro/cons of every media player / skin