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Lightweight web browsers for Linux

Operating systems : Linux

Netsurf : Hv3 : Dillo : Links2

Nowadays the real lightweight web browsers are those without JavaScript and Flash support or with a very limited one. Because a web browser even with the lightest interface becomes heavyweight working with the modern internet crammed with scripts and multimedia. These browsers are not numerous and some of them are moving towards getting JavaScript support - i.e. towards dropping out of the "Lightweight web browsers" category.

Lightweight web browsers may be more advanced - with CSS support. Or less - no CSS support or close to that.

Netsurf - / home page /

Currently the most advanced lightweight web browser for Linux. CSS support is quite solid. Good support of HTML. Feeble support for JavaScript - may be disabled by default. There is a version of Netsurf for *nix systems that can be run without X, using framebuffer of graphic adapter. Created initially for RISC OS and only later ported to Linux. There are also versions for other *nix systems, for AmigaOS, AmigaOS 4, Atari OS, BeOS/Haiku, Mac OS X, MorphOS.

More about Netsurf features )

NetSurf 3.0 on PuppyLinux 5.2.8:

netsurf-browser.org

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NetSurf 3.0 on PuppyLinux 5.2.8:

w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

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NetSurf 3.0 on PuppyLinux 5.2.8:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netsurf

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NetSurf 3.0 on PuppyLinux 5.2.8:

ebay.com

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NetSurf 3.0 on PuppyLinux 5.2.8:

kompx.com/en/web-browsers-for-dos.htm

Image : NetSurf - 5

NetSurf 3.0 on PuppyLinux 5.2.8:

twitter.com

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Hv3 - / home page /

Less advanced lightweight web browser for Linux, but still having considerable CSS support. Weak JavaScript / ECMAScript support. Quite good HTML support. There are versions for Linux and Windows.

More about Hv3 features )

Hv3 20070702:

tkhtml.tcl.tk

Image : Hv3 - 1

Hv3 20070702:

w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

Image : Hv3 - 2

Hv3 20070702:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tkhtml

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Hv3 20070702:

ebay.com

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Hv3 20070702:

twitter.com

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Dillo - / home page /

Partial, improving with newer versions, CSS support. Moderately good HTML support. Fast, faster is only Links2. Various versions of Dillo work in Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and other *nix systems, RISC OS, on some PDAs and SONY PlayStation2. There are ports to DOS and Windows.

More about Dillo features )

Dillo 2.2.1:

dillo.org

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Dillo 2.2.1:

w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

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Dillo 2.2.1:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dillo

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Dillo 2.2.1:

ebay.com

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Dillo 2.2.1:

twitter.com

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Links2 - / home page /

Less advanced lightweight web browser for Linux - no CSS support; before the 2.1pre28 version there was weak, sparing JavaScript support. Moderately good HTML support. The fastest among the discussed - possibly the fastest of all web browsers with graphical user interface. It can be run without X, using SVGALib or framebuffer of graphic adapter. There are versions for Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, other *nix systems, OS/2, AtheOS, BeOS, Windows (Cygwin).

More about Links2 features )

Links2 2.1pre21:

links.twibright.com

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Links2 2.1pre21:

w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

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Links2 2.1pre21:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Links_(web_browser)

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Links2 2.1pre21:

ebay.com

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Links2 2.1pre21:

twitter.com

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Besides the aforementioned ones, there is one more lightweight web browser - Mosaic-CK. But its Linux version is experimental and requires to have additional software installed, which may prove to be troublesome or impossible in some distributions.


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Windows console applications. Web browsers


Lynx : Links : ELinks Text-based, or console web browsers are more typical for the Linux environment and other Unix-like systems. There the text-based web browsers were created, there is their main line of development. Very few (e.g., Wanna-Be / WannaBe for classic Mac OS) console web browsers were made originally for some other operating systems. And the text web browsers for Windows are the versions of console web browsers for *nix systems. Although those of them that do not work in the Cygwin environment have their little peculiarities. In former times text-based web browsers were an important tool for viewing web documents. With the development of GUI programs further in the dial-up era, text web browsers have been useful as the fastest way to view web documents and as a part of text-to-speech systems. The spread of broadband Internet and specialized soft for text-to-speech systems cut the scope of the console web browsers. All the more, most Windows users have always had a quite vague idea of their existence. However, text web browsers are highly specialized mature tools that may be useful in various situations using Windows. Lynx - / home page / Text-based web browser. Versions for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, some other *nix systems, DOS, Windows, BeOS, MINIX, QNX, AmigaOS, OpenVMS and classic Mac OS. HTML ( More 1 ) ( More 2 ). Lynx 2.8.5rel.1: lynx.isc.org Lynx 2.8.5rel.1: w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp Lynx 2.8.5rel.1: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynx_(web_browser) Lynx 2.8.5rel.1: ebay.com Lynx 2.8.5rel.1: kompx.com/en/web-browsers-for-dos.htm Lynx 2.8.5rel.1: twitter.com Links - / home page / Text-based web browser. Versions for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, some other *nix systems, BeOS, Haiku, OS/2, DOS, Windows.

Windows console applications


Some time ago text-based applications were the only form of software of average end user computer experience. As well as after the graphical user interface programs started to become widespread, console applications used to retain their strong positions. But gradually GUI software virtually superseded text-based applications in daily use of the average end user. However, even now there are console programs that can more or less compete with software of graphical user interface, be useful for the average user to solve various problems and fulfill numerous tasks on modern computers. Windows console applications. File managers Windows console applications. Multimedia Windows console applications. Web browsers Windows console applications. Text editors Besides file managers, multimedia programs, text editors, web browsers, there are plenty of other text-based programs and utilities for use under Windows: both standalone and those included in MS Windows distributions. For example, ipconfig and netstat for work with network, Windows built-in FTP client useful for some tasks, CommandBurner for command line burning CD / DVD or cdburn with dvdburn from Windows Server 2003 Support Tools for the same, etc.