Is Lynx the fastest browser? Is Lynx any good?

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Post Posted August 22nd, 2004, 2:16 pm

Having a text browser laying around is always handy if you're developing. I did a Linux install a few months back and was bored, so switched to a different console and started up links2. You get just as much enjoyment from reading blogs and news sites, even forums. Sure it's maybe not as immersive and I sure as hell got Firefox as soon as I had a Gnome install running, but can be really cool if your website will degrade back all the way to text (which, if you're a good little webdev and use semantic XHTML, it will... ;))

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Post Posted August 23rd, 2004, 3:19 am

I sometimes use Lynx and Links on Cygwin Linux emulator for Windows. I remember when I first downloaded and installed Cygwin I was completely addicted at displaying webpages in Lynx and Links, because I found it rather interesting to see these webpages as text only. However now I use Lynx and Links occasionally when I am bored or, because of Web developer reasons.


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Post Posted August 23rd, 2004, 7:01 am

Moving as this isn't really Firefox-oriented...

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Post Posted August 23rd, 2004, 11:49 am

I'm also a fan of Lynx and use it regularly. :)


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Post Posted August 23rd, 2004, 12:38 pm

Budrick wrote:The key point about them is that they don't run in a GUI environment

Links can also run in a graphical environment aswell if you run it with (-g) switch,something like this.
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 links -g -driver x -mode 1280x1024x16M32

However its not posssible to open new tabs instead of windows.
The only way i found to run it in new tabs,it was when i used links with ION,a tabbed window manager.
Maybe is also possible with gnome terminal or any other tabbed terminal like mlterm,didnt tried though.


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Post Posted August 23rd, 2004, 4:24 pm

Actually links can run in full GUI mode (with mouse, images) even without X or another GUI running:
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links -driver svgalib -mode 1280x1024x16M32
links -driver fb
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Post Posted August 23rd, 2004, 5:17 pm

If you want some text browsing fun, use Links.
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Post Posted August 23rd, 2004, 9:34 pm

Ah, Lynx. I remember using Lynx over a decade ago launched from the local freenet on a dial-up connection that was essentially telnet (via HyperTerminal in Windows). The web was still mainly a text environment then and email was accessed by pine or something similar. Ya, those were the days before the great mass arrived on the scene and before spam was even a remote problem. Such nostalgia...
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Post Posted September 4th, 2017, 1:02 am

One of the best text only browsers which I know are
Labnol Text Browser
Text Mode Chrome Extension
source:- http:/


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Post Posted September 4th, 2017, 6:38 am

Thanks for your input but you've replied to a thread that died THIRTEEN years ago!

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