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I love Pentadactyl (i.e. Vimperator) for Firefox, but with all these plugins and things FF is really slow. I've tried Vimium but it's a little awkward and doesn't do all I'd like it to. I've also been playing around with Luakit, because it's in the Ubuntu repositories, and it's fast, lightweight, and has many of the same keybindings. However, I find Luakit doesn't do some of the things Pentadacytl can do. I am also not a programmer, and so I'm a little daunted by having to learn, say, Lua just so I can use a keyboard-centric web browser. Can someone recommend a feature-rich web browser that is still somewhat lightweight (i.e. won't take 10 seconds to start up on my laptop) and yet is not that difficult to configure?

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Here are some to try:

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Also try luakit: mason-larobina.github.io/luakit –  trusktr Nov 12 '13 at 4:11
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There's uzbl. It follows well the UNIX philosophy, and it's very slim. If you're looking for lightweight and extremely functional, this is it.

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Conkeror is probably the most keyboard-oriented graphical browser I have seen. Apparently it even supports some Firefox extensions. I've never used it myself as it takes a while to learn the keybindings, but maybe you will like it.

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Have you tried Opera yet? When you install it go into the settings and enable UNIX Keyboard shortcuts. Things like ^U work, you can tab through links on the page and select them. They even have a page dedicated to how to use the browser without a mouse:

http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/nomouse/

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