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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

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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

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Hv3 20070702:

w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

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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.


Aliosque subditos et thema

 

Arachne web browser. Installing and setting up for dial-up internet connection

 

A : Installing Arachne web browser on a disk created in RAM - Arachne runs the fastest this way. RAM size should allow for a RAM disk of 6 MB or more. In order to install and set up Arachne web browser for dial-up internet connection, there have to be several programs at hand: 1. Arachne web browser [ Download ] 2. If Arachne web browser is to be used for surfing web pages with character encoding other than Latin for West European languages, visit www.glennmcc.org/apm/ to find available character set packages and download the necessary one. 3. Mouse driver, mouse.com for instance [ Download ] 4. Archivers. For example, PKZIP [ Download ] and PKUNZIP [ Download ] 5. If it is not MS-DOS 6.0+ to be used, QEMM97 [ Download ] 6. If it is not MS-DOS 6.0+ to be used, TDSK [ Download ] Installing and setting up Arachne web browser, step by step: 1. Create a RAM disk. Which drive letter will be assigned to it comes from the assumption that A: and B: go to floppy drives (even if there is only one, both letters will be reserved anyway), C: goes to the first active primary MS-DOS partition on the first physical hard disk. If there are more disks, then there will be as many letters used consecutively as to name them all. Unless there are no devices installed using DRIVER.SYS or similar drivers, the next drive letter will be assigned to the RAM disk. In order to be sure, after having the relevant string for making RAM disk added to CONFIG.SYS (See below), computer could be restarted and what letter is assigned to the RAM disk checked by experiment. In this case, it is E: Depending on RAM size it needs to be decided how many megabytes can be reserved for RAM disk. Basically, the more the better. Since, for instance, web browser cache is going to swell during prolonged and intensive use within a session. In this example the RAM disk is 12 000 KB. The maximum size for RAMDRIVE.SYS MS-DOS driver is 32 767 KB, the one of TDSK - 64 MB. In order to create such a disk, the string has to be added somewhere in the middle of CONFIG.SYS as follows: DEVICE=C:\DOS\RAMDRIVE.SYS 12000 512 512 /E 2. Create a folder, for example C:\DRIVERS\. Put there a mouse driver, for instance mouse.com 3. Add a string starting mouse driver to AUTOEXEC.BAT. Specify there the full path to the driver, may be any: LH C:\DRIVERS\MOUSE.COM 4. Run MemMaker or OPTIMIZE from QEMM97 to optimize base memory management. If it is MemMaker, press Enter at any suggestion - MemMaker will handle it itself. Computer is going to restart several times, each time MemMaker will be re-running - again nothing, just Enter, is a safe choice. If it is QEMM97 (specifically OPTIMIZE), then there is going to be several restarts too and each time just pressing Enter is OK. 5. Start installation of Arachne web browser on RAM disk. In the case discussed it is E: A195GPL.EXE Press Y to continue: Press N to specify the path to the folder Arachne web browser is to be installed in: Specify the path to the folder Arachne web browser is to be installed in. In the case discussed it is E:\ARACHNE\.

CSS. Target Opera only

 

CSS targeting Opera web browser only: This text is red in Opera HTML / XHTML. Code: <p>This text is red in Opera</p> CSS. Code: doesnotexist:-o-prefocus, p {color: #f00;} The -o-prefocus pseudo-class allows styling elements for Opera browser only. The code is placed in the common CSS file, not in a separate one as it is in case of Internet Explorer conditional comments. Source: http://www.opera.com/docs/specs/presto2.12/css/o-vendor/ [ 1 ] Opera 3.5 - 5.0 ignores "doesnotexist:-o-prefocus" and reads code as p {color: #f00;}. Opera 6.0 - 9.4 ignores the whole code starting "doesnotexist". [ 2 ] Internet Explorer 5.5+, Firefox 1.0+, Google Chrome, Safari 3.1+, SeaMonkey 1.0+, Netscape 7.2+, Mozilla 1.5+ ignore the whole code starting "doesnotexist". Older browsers like Internet Explorer before 5.5 or Netscape before 7.2 or Mozilla before 1.5 seem to ignore the uncommon, Opera 9.5+ specific code ("doesnotexist:-o-prefocus") and apply styles to what they understand - here it is the p tag; making the text in it red. [ 3 ] The text is red in Dillo 3.0.1 as well.