Browse Faster With Brave! The First Stable Release is Here

Brave browser is an interesting take as a privacy-focused browser. Even though we already have plenty of options to consider for Linux (Chromium/Firefox, etc.), the Brave browser stands out for things like strictly blocking ads and trackers.

It was in the beta phase before the announcement. So, if you already had it installed, you may not find a significant change with this release.

If you are learning about this browser for the first time, I shall mention a few key highlights associated with this release.

Brave Browser

Chromium-based Open Source Browser

Yes, Brave is based on Chromium and it’s an open-source browser as well. You can follow its development on GitHub as well.

If you’re not a fan of Chromium-based browsers, you may check out the list of non-Google browsers here.

Ad-blocking Feature & Privacy-friendly Ad Platform

Brave Browser Screenshot

Brave focuses on protecting privacy by blocking advertisements, trackers, and also tries to introduce a way to display privacy-respecting advertisements.

Of course, only if you opt-in, you will be displayed advertisements that do not track you or collect any information.

Rewarding Users & Publishers

Brave integrates a blockchain-based advertising model so that when you opt-in for the privacy-friendly advertisements, you will earn BAT tokens (a.k.a Basic Attention Tokens) which you can then spend to reward the publishers you love to read, like us :)

In that way, you get to get rid of the data collecting advertisements while also being able to support the publishers.

Even though this advertising model isn’t a big success but the CEO of Brave Software (Brendan Eich), shared his concern for this by mentioning:

Either we all accept the $330 billion ad-tech industry treating us as their products, exploiting our data, piling on more data breaches and privacy scandals, and starving publishers of revenue; or we reject the surveillance economy and replace it with something better that works for everyone. That’s the inspiration behind Brave,

Cross-platform

We have an article on how to install brave on Linux – in case you’re curious. And, yes, along with the support for Linux, you can install it on your Windows/macOS machine as well as on your smartphones.

If you’re using Chrome/Chromium, the transition to Brave browser should be easy. If you try Brave, don’t forget to share your experience with it.

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  • I tried to install Brave and somewhere along the way something went wrong. Now I have a malformed line 1 and can’t get into my repository in mint 19.3

  • I’m presently using Brave as my primary browser. I find it quick and the ad-blocking is excellent: I don’t even get ads at the start of YouTube videos.

    The only downside I’ve found is that it, unlike other Chromium-based browsers, doesn’t play well with Firejail. I like to open my browser in a sandbox as an extra security layer but I can’t get Brave to open in Firejail.

    It would also be nice if Brave had a speed dial.

    • Doesn’t Chromium-based browsers open up in a sandbox by default? Cause if you are using a root account in order to start Chromium you have to use the –no-sandbox parameter.

  • I started using Iridium about a year ago, also Chromium-based, but with a lot of security enhancements. At first, it was great, but now they rarely update it. That’s the trouble with all these other browsers. The next problem is the lack of Flash and other codecs required for sites like Netflix, MyDish, etc. Even my security cameras, Zmodo, require flash to view them. Chromium works with Pepper, but not Iridium. I gave up and went back to Chrome. It’s the only browser that works everywhere.