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Old 07-23-2003, 06:20 PM   #1
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Browser wanted: plain and simple

I'm looking for a web browser to include in an LFS system (<= no GNOME or KDE, and don't plan to install either... just Enlightenment and X). Mozilla requires an unbelievable number of supporting libraries, and I know half of that junk is for stuff I don't want.

I tried Mozilla-firebird, but I couldn't get it to run. The script they provided never could find the executable, and I didn't feel like hacking up the already author-proclaimed "hack"ed script.

If you search for "web browser" on, you get a ton of useless results that would take forever to wade through.

So, any suggestions? It doesn't have to be the fastest, prettiest, or the swiss-army-knife of the internet... just a browser.
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If you don't mind the qt-interface Opera is
certainly a good choice ... not very feature-rich,
but fast at what it does: dillo.
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An old fashion text based web browser, Lynx

Light on memory, Galeon

Fast web page loading and pop-up zapper, Opera.
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Bare-bones, no features, tiny browser: (Needs GTK+)

Old 07-23-2003, 07:55 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I think I'll give Dillo a shot first.

Opera was lurking in the back of my mind. I don't know exactly what their licensing scheme is (pay-only, free for personal use, etc), but that can be remedied by a trip to their website I'm sure. I'm not opposed to paying for closed source software, but if I am going to buy it, it's got to beat the open source alternatives.

I've used Galeon before and thought it was nice, but isn't it for GNOME only? Again, a trip to their website ought to answer that question. Things are getting complicated because I'm now seeing Gnome apps that are supposed to run under KDE and vice versa. I don't know enough about GNOME or KDE to know what services they provide that X and a window manager don't. Which then leaves me even more in the dark about whether they would run under my setup.
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Mostly, you don't need Gnome or KDE for anything. You just need their libraries to run their apps. Opera is adware - you can buy it or use it for free with banners flashing in your face. I hate the concept.

For text, w3m - much more powerful and coherent than lynx, and just as good where not better. I think it maye require a library or two but no big deal.

Of course, there was that seg faulting issue but I'm sure that was my fault.
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I use links as opposed to lynx.
Old 07-23-2003, 11:49 PM   #8
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The Dillo developers are NOT kidding when they they say Dillo is fast. It's unreal! It still needs some work, but I'm sure that's why it's a 0.7.X release and not a 1.X.X.
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When I read this thread and heard about this dillo browser I thought to myself how fast could it be. Well, its worth installing just to see. It really is amazingly fast. Oh yeah...try to go to a microsoft site like . Of course, it doesn't work.
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