Do we really need another web browser in this age of multi-browser browsing? There are many web browsers now, but there is still a lot of people who are creating applications that make it easier to use the internet.
Min is one such browser. Min is minimalist, just like its name. However, it isn’t lacking in significant ways. The Apache 2.0 License, which is open source, piques our interest.
Min is worth taking a closer look. Let’s discover.
Min is one among many applications built using Electron’s development framework. This framework is the one that allowed us to create the Atom text editor. There are installers available for Windows, MacOS, Linux and MacOS. If you want to make your own source code, you can download it from GitHub.
Manjaro Linux runs on my system, so there isn’t an installer for this distro. Min could be installed from Manjaro’s package manager.
When that was complete, I opened Min by pressing Alt+F2, type min in run-application, then hit Enter.
Min is touted as a smarter and faster browser. Although Min may be fast, it is certainly faster–at the chance of drawing the ire von denizens certain places online, I’ll admit that it launches quicker than Firefox and Chrome when I tested it on laptops.
Min allows you to browse the web with Chrome and Firefox. Just type the URL you want to visit in the address field, then hit the Enter key.
Min isn’t as comprehensive as Chrome and Firefox but doesn’t lack some essential features.
Min can open multiple tabs just like any other modern browser. You can also group tabs with Tasks.
Min has DuckDuckGo set as his default search engine. DuckDuckGo is my favorite search engine. I love that feature. Min allows you to choose another search engine for your default.
Min uses Min’s built-in adblocker instead of AdBlock. Min uses AdBlock’s EasyList filters. Min can be used to block images and scripts, as well as a tracking blocker.
Min also has the Reading List mode, which is similar to Firefox. The Reading List switch can be flipped (click the icon in your address bar). This removes most pages from the Reading List so that you can concentrate on the words. For 30 days, pages remain in the Reading List.
Min offers a Focus Mode which blocks you from opening any other tabs. You’ll have to click several times when you need to work in a web-based application.
Min comes with a variety of keyboard shortcuts to make it easier for you to use. The GitHub repository contains a list of these shortcuts. Min allows you to modify a few of those shortcuts.
Min allows you to view videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and other similar websites. I was very surprised. 7Digital, a music store, also allowed me to listen to sample tracks. Since I don’t have any accounts, I decided not to try streaming music from sites such as Spotify or Last.fm.
It’s impossible to find what isn’t there
Min lacks some of the same features as Min does. Min doesn’t have an option to bookmark websites. Min searches history will not be able to locate your favorites links. You’ll either need to use bookmarking services or rely on Min search history.
Min also doesn’t allow plugins. This is not something that bothers me. Min does not support plugins, which I believe is one reason the browser works so fast. Some people are…well, junkies. But they love plugins. Min is not enough.
Min is an acceptable browser. It is lightweight and efficient enough to suit minimalists. However, the browser lacks some of the essential features that web users who use it regularly.
Min offers a lightweight browser that’s not weighed down with all the modern features.