The Pi's Debian Squeeze OS includes Midori, a lightweight web browser capable of loading most sites I tried.
However, graphically-rich sites or those with sophisticated user interfaces - such as YouTube and Twitter - took just under 15 seconds to load and lagged when browsed.
The browser supports multiple tabs and I noticed hardly any slowdown in page load times or browsing speeds after opening six tabs displaying BBC News.
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