Known for its modest requests for memory size, Falkon, the browser was released in the updated version 3.1.0. Unlike other web browsers, including Google Chrome, Falkon requires less memory to run smoothly. It is based on the Blink engine, which supports modern web space standards and, in theory, has the ability to implement Chrome extensions.
Less consumption of "RAM" is provided by the modernized program code and optimized interface. This feature of Falkon gives the advantage of working with a large number of open tabs on a less powerful desktop device.
The updated open source Falkon browser runs on Linux only. Its previous versions were also available on macOS, but its latest build does not support this system, and so far there is no information from the browser developers when this will be possible.
The vast majority of Falkon 3.1.0's innovations are invisible visually. Its interface has barely changed, apart from updating the search bar. Most of the innovations are related to internal processes and the introduction of new technical features, for example, ensuring stability for plugins in Python, support for writing plugins in QML.
Custom Functions Falkon 3.1.0 has been redesigned to make it easier to use. So, one of the new plugins allows you to paste from the clipboard not through the context menu or the usual Ctrl + V combination, but with the middle mouse button or the wheel. In addition, the new Falcon is able to share cookies, some of which are now whitelisted. This allows, after deleting the search history, not to re-authorize certain sites that were previously whitelisted.
The browser supports the ability to privately visit Internet sites. In this mode, Falcon does not record the history of the visit and does not save cookies. There is also a function for importing bookmarks from Firefox and Chrome. In addition to the low use of system resources compared to other browsers, Falkon browser has a number of useful tools. One of them is built-in ad blocker, which interacts with both the familiar blacklist and custom blocking rules.
One of the ways that we managed to reduce the system requirements of the browser is to keep the interface as simple as possible. It adapts to the external environment of the system it is running on. This means that, for example, on Windows or KDE, the browser will have different skins and styles.
The history of Falkon began in 2010, two years later than the famous Google Chrome was released. At the beginning of its appearance, it was called the QupZilla browser, and it was based on the Python engine. A further name change from QupZilla to Falcon came in 2017 after the KDE community took over the project. After that, the modified code opened the opportunity to make the browser cross-platform.
The Topic of Article: A fresh version of the browser has been released, which consumes less resources than Google Chrome.