Dooble

Dooble 2.1

Free
Open-source web browser with integrated file and FTP browser.
4.9  (29 votes)
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Welcome another player on the open-source web browser arena. This is relatively new project but from what I've seen so far, it can be a promising project. Their browser includes file manager, FTP and web browser. The code is written for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. In short, this browser is almost everything that Firefox is.

In my humble opinion, I am not a fan of the project's icon. The colors are the same used in Firefox's browser. Two faces looking at each other do bring up the notion of double, but the browser's name is Dooble, and the figure in-between the two faces just makes everything even more confusing. The browser looks good, so why can't it do the same? But that's just my humble opinion.

Overall, if you have ever used Firefox, then this is how you will feel about this browser. At first, I thought it was some sort of a fork, but no, it is an independent project. The benefit of this project from Firefox is that it is supported by relatively small number of developers, which means no one has to jump through hoops and loops to introduce a feature to Dooble, even insignificant one but convenient, at least not as much as with popular browsers. The developers of Dooble can be advantageous and include things that were not demanded in other open-source browsers.

There are a lot of preferences you can adjust. All of them are pretty straight forward. Developers' choice was to use as many tabs as possible vs. tabs within tabs like in Firefox. So everything is visible right away and you won't be needing to think hard to figure out where you can adjust cookie settings, for example.

After the installation, before you begin to use the browser, I suggest you configure it to fit your needs. Typing into the address field does not work like it works in Chrome that is searching in Google by default. I can't use a browser where I have to either type a correct address right away or first open up the Google search page to find what I need. It's just way too much action for me. For most people this is not a problem, however.

The website claims that there are add-ons available for the browser but as of this date, the date of this review, the Add-ons folder is completely and absolutely empty. I am not that big on extending capabilities of web-browsers but to some people add-on support is an important selling point.

Kudos for supporting various search engines. It is kind of new, but having the favorites bar at the bottom of the page is somewhat refreshing. I am sure, most of you won't like it, but it is something new and it makes me want to believe that the developers will try to do something unusual and interesting with their project.

Overall, if you had used Firefox, then this is what you'd expect from this browser with some minor tweaks.

Joshua Wrightwood
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Review summary

Pros

  • Open-source and free
  • Developed for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X

Cons

  • Not out-of-the-box experience. Needs to be configured before you can use it
  • No Add-Ons for version 1.25 on the review date
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