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Links 2.0 browser, only 2M of ram
but supports SSL, Frames, JS, images, cookies

 7:13 am on May 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

This would be a very useful browser for people who are trying to get there old P100, or 486s to be a Linux based web cruiser. It has two modes, terminal based and graphic. When launching in graphics mode it only uses 2M of ram.

Some quick notes about it:
You have to compile it yourself.
It surprisingly has full mouse support, including wheel.
No "forward" in graphics mode.
JS *works*
It gives you a lot of control over UA and referrer.
It is good alternative to Dillo. Dillo renders better and is faster but Links is much more capable at this point.
It is not a good substitute for Mozilla.

This screen shot [cgi-fun.hypermart.net] shows how Links handles frames.

Check out the features page [atrey.karlin.mff.cuni.cz] for more info and screen shots.



 8:58 am on May 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I downloaded it and must say I really didn't like it. I thought it was quite yucky.

I love Lynx and will continue with that. I noticed Links doesn't pick up stylesheets in gfx mode?



 9:37 am on May 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yeah, as far as I could tell it does not have stylesheet capabilities.

Funny how tastes very, I really do not like the look and feel of lynx. I'll use it if I have to, but I like Links in text mode much better. I also think w3m does a good job with html.


 6:47 pm on May 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I've not tried w3m I'll do a search and give it a whirl.

I'm a fan of console apps, I like to do some stuff without X running sometimes for no other reason than I find it easy to concentrate without all the 'eye-candy' so my preferences run to:

  • Lynx
  • mutt
  • ncftp

I've yet to find a ssh client to replace ncftp though, although I like the idea I've never really got used upload/download using ssh.



 7:24 am on May 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

For the text-mode/console browser, at the moment I actually prefer [url="http://w3m.sf.net]w3m[/url]. I started using lynx a few years ago, it feels quite heavy (binary size and memory footage) in comparison with w3m or links. Then I jump to the links camp for about a year. I think links has much better networking code. It can download files, reading web sites, etc in the background. Moreover, it can start rendering the site without loading all the content...

However, links does not support cookie (at least in 0.9.7), which makes quite a few of sites (webmasterworld.com included??) useless. I've been using w3m now - it is small, has https and cookie support, and feels quite fast. Moreover, in the textarea, it can actaully calls up your favorite text editor (vim in this case). This is something I found that makes w3m very useable - imaging typing a long reply in lynx or links! Even though the networking code is not as good as links, but I think I can live with that. Btw, I am writing up this reply in w3m :)


 7:30 am on May 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Nick_W> I've yet to find a ssh client to replace ncftp though, although I like the idea I've never really got used upload/download using ssh.

Actually, there is a FTP front-end for SSH called "sftp". Grab the latest openssh, and it should be in there, at least it is in my Mandrake 8.2's openssh-3.1. It might not be as user-friendly as ncftp, but it uses FTP-like commands. Most importantly, you know that your session is encrypted by some strong cipher :)


 11:44 am on May 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Wow, links has a graphical mode?

I use it frequently as a console app. I find it quite restful on the eyes :), plus with numbered links its quick to surf with.


 2:55 pm on May 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

I downloaded w3m yesterday. Have had a little play with it and must say that my first impressions are very good.

Nice, clean, and simple. Feels good.

As for the ssh malarky, I'll check it out.




 10:50 am on May 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

I poked around on the twibright website and found that they have binaries tucked away in the download section. You could find them here. [atrey.karlin.mff.cuni.cz]


 9:41 am on Aug 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

I figured for the sake of non Linux users I'd better get a screenshot [cgi-fun.hypermart.net] of w3m in action. It really is quite nice to use, and easy on the eyes as you will see from the screenshot.

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