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I would believe that no one will disagree if from these lines we affirm that despite the efforts of Microsoft (if we talk about Windows), its "native browsers" have succumbed to the hegemony of Chrome years ago. And if we refer to the area of ​​GNU / Linux, there we can affirm that Firefox is the undisputed monarch, at least as the default browser in ninety percent of distributions. And its reasons are if we appreciate its virtues, in fact, it was the default browser (Nightly version) in Auxtral 1 (ushuaia).

After these last two named browsers comes a second line that is made up of several browsers, all good products, which perhaps lead Chomium and Opera plus others that I consider not necessary to list since we all know them.

What has been discussed so far seems to make it clear that both named platforms, in addition to Mac OS, have resolved and not with few options regarding the availability of applications to connect and navigate the web. But it was in 2016 that the browser in question, Brave-Browser, burst onto the scene as a result of a project begun a year earlier.

It was one afternoon in early July 2019, while testing and finishing the configuration of version 2 of Auxtral (Antares) that I received a WhatsApp message from a collaborator saying:

- Wait, we have to test it and include this browser in the distribution.

That was a problem, not because of the work of removing one application and installing another on the system, but because of the fact that Auxtral 2 was scheduled to appear between 48 and 72 hours after the Debian 10 release, scheduled for day 6 of that month, and on the "home" of this site, it had been more than twenty days since we had placed a countdown clock that announced the arrival of Antares at 00:00 hs (UTC) on July 10. The truth was that in no way was I willing to include software without first testing it for several days, that is, the launch had to be postponed. Finally, this was done, a date was set for August 1, and it was decided to test Brave not only on GNU / Linux but also on at least one machine with Windows 10 and another with Windows 7. Today, more than a year away. What is rescued is the conviction that it was undoubtedly a great success, it was worth the postponement of the launch, the wait, and it was a very pleasant experience to know and try Brave. And at least as far as we know, Auxtral was the first distro with Brave-Browser. If not, I apologize to those responsible for any distribution that may have done it before.


Once installed

The first thing you notice when you open Brave for the first time is the minimalist, rational and ordered criteria that they used in the design of the interface. And how much does this point matter? -A lot, in my case as an architect a lot. The quality of the design of the spaces that we inhabit in our daily life is fundamental because of what they transmit and therefore influence our state and predisposition, and without a doubt in today's world the interface of the applications that we use on our devices is it has become one more element of our habitat. And while little more, little less, almost all browsers have a more than acceptable design, in this aspect Brave takes the first step ahead of the rest.



Based on Chromium, it makes possible the installation of all the extensions that are available in it and in Chrome, except the adblocker since Brave has it activated by default natively. The latter is one of the features that makes it stand out by giving it speed in the loading of web pages that display ads without our consent. Every time you open a new tab, you will see an image like the following:



In the upper left you will see three numerical indicators, which indicate:

-The number of "trackers and ads" blocked

-The "bandwidth" you saved by those blocks

-Estimated time that you would have lost if they had not been blocked

Below this appears a line of icons, these indicate the most frequently used pages.

It is also remarkable (take a good look at the first point) not only does it block ads, but it is also a smart tool that stops "trackers" to protect your privacy. And here we are already seeing something that distinguishes it a lot from Google Chrome, and that is that while the guys from Mountain View update their "terms and conditions" (those sheets that nobody ever reads), since March Google is allowed to use all your data , collected from any platform and for any purpose. Well, Brave based as I said just in Chromium, improves privacy and security, in addition to blocking invasive advertising.

This blocking tool, you can easily configure it by accessing from the menu in the upper right corner and selecting "Brave AdBlock", and from the screen that opens, configure it to your personal need or taste:



+ Intimacy and Privacy

This is Brave's strongest point regarding privacy compared to other available browsers. With it, you can use two different types of "private tabs". The first is accessed by clicking on "New private window", it uses a technology without tracking similar to the incognito window in Chrome.



We access the second option by selecting "New private window with Tor", what it does is that the user becomes completely anonymous or invisible to the service provider, the employer or the website they are visiting. To do this, it takes advantage of the technology of the well-known onion program, a classic among those who try to hide all their steps on the net.




You also have the option to create a completely new profile, which is as if we installed Brave from 0. You access this option from the same menu. Once created, you can choose one profile or another from the main bar, with the settings you have made for each one. In addition, you can choose an avatar for each profile created, facilitating their identification.


And also, it pays you to navigate with it ... (*)

Yes, Brave pays in its own crypto and promotes using it to tip your favorite sites and content creators.

The most profitable business on the Internet is undoubtedly the sale of advertising, Google invoices billions of dollars a year, just for that item, and the Internet became the largest marquee in the world.

The reward system for users is based on BAT (basic attention token), a token that works on the Ethereum blockchain. On the one hand, Brave allows users who give their consent to view advertisements to receive in exchange a monthly sum of this token that is convertible to dollars. And on the other, it allows you to use the BAT obtained to contribute to content creators.

All it takes to collect the rewards for either creating content or browsing is creating a cryptocurrency wallet. In this case, Brave (available for Android, iOS, OSX, Windows and Linux) partnered with a company that provides a fairly simple and easy to use: Uphold

(*) You have to verify that the ad service is enabled in your country


Drawing some conclusions

It is without a doubt an excellent browser + an ad blocker that works flawlessly.

The interface is aesthetic, simple, intuitive and with a very organized criteria. From a point of view that is always subjective, I judge it as excellent. I think it stands out notably from the rest, with a very intelligent design and with its own personality that does not lose sight of the Chromium organizational structure, which significantly facilitates the operational adaptation to Brave.

The fact of being able to adjust the shields at any time as needed or preferred makes navigation unbeatable.

For those who use the Tor browser, an interesting alternative may be to have it incorporated (type 2 in 1) and save the installation of it.

The consumption of resources is neither good nor bad, it is at least in our case, that we test it in GNU / Linux, Windows 10 and W7, points plus points less something higher than that of Firefox and Chromium.

To be more precise, we chose an average PC, neither the W7 + Auxtral XFCE with a Céleron dual core 2.5 Ghz and 4Gb of ram, nor the i7 with 16 Gb of ram. Here we take what we measured in an i3 3.3 Ghz with 8Gb of ram at 1066 mhz with Auxtral Cinnamón + W10. In the latter OS, which consumes more resources than Auxtral Cinnamon, with nine tabs of different sites open (the same in all three), including a page with streaming radio, on average: 1269 Mb for Brave, against 1025 Mb for Firefox +23.8% and 1012 Mb of Chromium, + 25.4%.

Now, if we take this machine in a hypothetical real work situation, such as if at the same time we have open the "word processor" of the office suite, a modest calculator app, plus an image editing program or an application CAD, we get a RAM consumption (8 Gb. Installed), of approximately 2.7 Gb in the case of Chromium or Firefox, and 3.0 Gb with Brave. In short, 33.75% memory usage in the case of the former, and 37.5% in the case of Brave. Which I consider very justifiable if we take into account what this browser offers us in exchange for a meager 3.75% of RAM.


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