Galeon is a free web browser for the GNOME desktop. He is under the GNU General Public License. To view the web pages it uses Gecko, the HTML rendering engine of Mozilla. One difference compared to official Mozilla browsers is that instead of XUL a pure GTK 2 interface is employed. The development is set permanently since September 2008.

Target group of Galeon were especially users who preferred a built- in Gnome and compared to the official Gnome browser Epiphany functionally diverse browser. In contrast to Epiphany, which in turn is a fork of Galeon, Galeon is therefore aimed less from the Gnome Human Interface Guidelines ( HIG) and offers a variety of settings and functions.


  • June 2000 - Galeon 0.6 is released as a stable version.
  • November 2001 - Galeon 1.0 appears (before Mozilla 1.0).
  • October 2002 - Galeon 1.3, the first Gnome 2 version is released.
  • November 2002 - after disagreements on the design goals of the project and the future of the browser Marco Pesenti Gritti the leading developer leaves the team Galeon and Epiphany begins with a new project.
  • October 2005 - Galeon is no longer to be developed independently, but the special Galeon functions are to be introduced at Epiphany as extensions.
  • November 2005 - Galeon appears in version 2.0.0.
  • September 2006 - Galeon appears in version 2.0.2.
  • September 2008 - Galeon appears in version 2.0.7.