Arora (web browser)

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Arora icon
Arora Webbrowser.png
Screenshot of Arora web browser on KDE 4.1
Developer(s) Benjamin C. Meyer
Stable release 0.11.0[1] (27 September 2010; 4 years ago (2010-09-27)) [±]
Development status Unmaintained
Written in C++
Operating system BSD, Haiku, Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2, Windows
Engine WebKit
Platform Cross-platform
Size 1.2 MB (Linux)
Available in Multilanguage
Type Web browser
License GNU General Public License

Arora is a lightweight, cross-platform, free and open-source web browser developed by Benjamin C. Meyer.[2][3][4][5] Arora is available for Linux, OS X, Windows, FreeBSD, OS/2, Haiku,[6] and any other operating system supported by the Qt toolkit. Arora's name is a palindrome.

The browser's features include tabbed browsing, bookmarks, browsing history, smart location bar, OpenSearch, session management, privacy mode, a download manager, WebInspector, and AdBlock.[7]

For several months, Meyer discontinued development of Arora due to uncertainty about the strictures of a non-compete clause; finally, in July 2011, he announced that he would no longer contribute to the project.[8] Another software developer, Bastien Pederencino forked Arorar's source code, and published a variant called zBrowser—renamed Zeromus Browser in February 2013. In May 2013 he published another variant called BlueLightCat.

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  1. ^ Meyer, Benjamin (27 September 2010). "Arora 0.11.0!". Arora Development. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lightweight Arora web browser turns 0.10.0". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Arora Is an Open-Source Browser with Out-of-the-Box Ad Blocking". Archived from the original on 2 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Arora web browser review". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  5. ^ "Alternative Browsers: Beyond Chrome and Firefox". Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Qt4 Ported to Haiku, Developer Preview Release Available". 2009. Archived from the original on 29 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  7. ^ "Webkit-based Arora browser hits v.10, now ships with AdBlock by default". 2009. Archived from the original on 10 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  8. ^ "Retirement from Arora". 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 

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