Iceweasel web browser is a free Firefox based tabbed web browser which works on the Raspberry Pi 1 and 2 mini computers, and Debian. Iceweasel can be installed on the Raspbian operating system which is for the Raspberry Pi. Iceweasel is a good web browsers for Raspbian. It has as many features as Firefox, and is more reliable than the default web browsers which I used in Raspbian. Iceweasel turns your Raspberry Pi into a extremely affordable casual web browsing desktop PC which can visit many websites without viewing problems. The reason Iceweasel is called Iceweasel is because it can’t use the word Firefox in its name because the Firefox brand belongs to Mozilla like how Google Android based operating systems like CyanogenMod, Amazon Fire’s OS, etc can’t use Google Android in its name because Google belongs to Google.
The Raspberry Pi is a mini PC which can be used to create offline content like documents, images slideshow presentations, software programs, and other types of content, and to watch video with Kodi, and OMXplayer.
But, it is best to limit your number of opened tabs, and windows to 1-4 tabs or windows since the Pi 2 only has 1GB of RAM, and a 900MHz CPU, so it might freeze if you have too many tabs opened at once.
Iceweasel displays most websites correctly because it is based on Firefox, and Firefox is designed to work with most websites. Most website designers/developers also make website to work properly on Firefox.
Iceweasel uses the same user interface as newer versions Firefox. Iceweasel has tabs with round corners like Firefox, address bar, navigational buttons, search box, and a menu button on the right like Firefox. If you know how to use Firefox, learning to use Iceweasel should be pretty simple. You can also install custom themes in Iceweasel like Firefox, so you can change the look of Iceweasel’s web browser Window.
There is also a fullscreen browsing mode in Iceweasel. The fullscreen browsing mode would be useful for smaller monitors which have a low resolution, and touchscreen monitors which are smaller.
If you right-click on an empty space on the tab bar in Iceweasel, you can turn-on the Menu bar, and bookmark toolbar by checking the checkbox with your mouse. You can also hit the alt key on your keyboard to make the Menu bar show up. The menu bar makes using Iceweasel a lot easier for users who are used to the old classic version of Firefox because the menu bar has drop down menus for file, edit, view, history, bookmarks, tools, and help, so every important shortcut/feature on Iceweasel can be found on the menu bar.
You can also customize Iceweasel user interface by clicking on the Customize button which launches the customize editor for Iceweasel.
Iceweasel has tabs, private browsing, work-offline, Firefox sync which sync your Firefox bookmarks, tabs, passwords, and more with other Firefox based web browsers when you sign-in with your Firefox Sync account in the Sync section of Firefox or Iceweasel. Iceweasel also has a downloads manager, bookmarks, autofill, web search, website text search, spell check, pop-up blocker, Developer tools, and zoom in, zoom, out and other features found in Firefox.
Iceweasel can be used to open, and view picture, html, text, and xml files within the web browser’s window.
To install Iceweasel, you need to open a Terminal Window by clicking on the Menu button with your mouse, going to the Accessories folder in the Menu, and Clicking on the Terminal button in the Accessories folder.
Enter these command lines in Terminal while you are connected to the internet. After each command, hit the enter/return key on your keyboard.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install iceweasel
You would need to press the Y button on the keyboard to agree to install Iceweasel. When your Raspbian is done installing Iceweasel, you can open Iceweasel by going to Menu>Internet>Iceweasel.
Iceweasel is also available for Debian Linux which is the Linux distro which Raspbian Linux is based on.