Is it possible to create linearized PDFs (optimized for "fast web view") using TeX with free software? (I don't have Acrobat available.)
The fast web view is simply a method of allowing content to be displayed as it is being downloaded.
It will not, however, be fast. As such the name fast can be deviating from its meaning.
You should use
qpdf --linearize as noted by @MartinSchroeder (
pdfopt is deprecated as noted in the comments).
PDFcrop will also do that for you, however with additional work done, i.e. cropping your PDF.
qpdf --linearize, not
qpdf uses a pdf library while
ghostscript and as such has a much larger footprint and is more fragile.