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Web browsers for DOS

Operating systems : MS-DOS 6.0+, FreeDOS 1.0+

Arachne : Dillo : DOSLYNX : Lynx : Links : ELinks

Web browsers for DOS may be looked at as existing roughly in two categories. Web browsers which can be installed without excessive efforts + work stably within their capability. And the rest of the web browsers of functionality more or less limited or problematic.

The major web browsers for DOS include applications with GUI and text-based browsers. The graphical web browsers for DOS are several versions of Arachne - GPL version, Arachne Labs version, Ray Andrews version - and Dillo. As well as DR-WebSpyder based on Arachne and WebSpyder's variation - Lineo Embrowser. Text-based web browsers for DOS are a little bit more numerous: DOSLYNX, lynx, links, elinks.

The graphical web browsers for DOS even if being prominent among DOS web browsers for their capabilities are definitely inferior in comparison with major web browsers for Windows, Linux or Mac OS X due to the restrictions of the DOS nature, small user and developer base, some other reasons. The capabilities of the text-based web browsers for DOS differ less from the ones of text-based web browsers for other operating systems.

Arachne - / home page /

Graphical web browser for DOS ( More )

HTML, CSS1 ( More )

Arachne 1.95:

glennmcc.org

[ Image ] : Arachne - 1

Arachne 1.95:

freedos.org

[ Image ] : Arachne - 2

Arachne 1.95:

ebay.org

[ Image ] : Arachne - 3

Arachne 1.95:

wikipedia.org

[ Image ] : Arachne - 4

Arachne 1.95:

arachne.cz

[ Image ] : Arachne - 5

Arachne 1.95:

slackware.com

[ Image ] : Arachne - 6

Dillo - / home page /

Graphical web browser ported to DOS. Originally created for Linux and some other *nix systems, ported later to Windows and now DOS. There are versions for some handheld computers, for PlayStation2, Atari-based 68k-systems running MiNT, RISC OS.

HTML. CSS (?)

DOSLYNX - / home page /

Text-based web browser for DOS. Based on Lynx, but differs considerably in interface, keyboard shortcuts, the way web pages are displayed. All in all, DOSLYNX is less capable than Lynx or Links and ELinks.

HTML

DOSLYNX 0.41b:

users.ohiohills.com/fmacall

[ Image ] : DOSLYNX - 1

DOSLYNX 0.41b:

freedos.org

[ Image ] : DOSLYNX - 2

DOSLYNX 0.41b:

ebay.com

[ Image ] : DOSLYNX - 3

DOSLYNX 0.41b:

wikipedia.org

[ Image ] : DOSLYNX - 4

DOSLYNX 0.41b:

arachne.cz

[ Image ] : DOSLYNX - 5

DOSLYNX 0.41b:

slackware.com

[ Image ] : DOSLYNX - 6

Lynx - / home page /

Text-based web browser for DOS. A DOS version of one the most common web browsers with text user interface. There are ports to most various operating systems from Windows, Linux and Mac OS X to AmigaOS, OpenVMS and classic Mac OS.

HTML ( More )

Lynx 2.8.2:

lynx.isc.org

[ Image ] : Lynx - 1

Lynx 2.8.2:

freedos.org

[ Image ] : Lynx - 2

Lynx 2.8.2:

ebay.com

[ Image ] : Lynx - 3

Lynx 2.8.2:

wikipedia.org

[ Image ] : Lynx - 4

Lynx 2.8.2:

arachne.cz

[ Image ] : Lynx - 5

Lynx 2.8.2:

slackware.com

[ Image ] : Lynx - 6

Links - / home page /

Text-based web browser for DOS. A DOS version of one the most common web browsers with text user interface. There are ports to various operating systems, for instance, Windows and Linux.

HTML ( including tables and frames )

Links 2.1pre36:

jikos.cz/~mikulas/links

[ Image ] : Links - 1

Links 2.1pre36:

freedos.org

[ Image ] : Links - 2

Links 2.1pre36:

ebay.com

[ Image ] : Links - 3

Links 2.1pre36:

wikipedia.org

[ Image ] : Links - 4

Links 2.1pre36:

arachne.cz

[ Image ] : Links - 5

Links 2.1pre36:

slackware.com

[ Image ] : Links - 6

ELinks - / home page /

Text-based web browser for DOS. An enhanced version of Links. It is less common, than Lynx or Links, but it is the most capable of text-based web browsers for DOS. There are ports to various operating systems, for example, Windows and Linux.

HTML ( including tables and frames ). Meagre support for CSS

ELinks 0.13b:

elinks.cz

[ Image ] : ELinks - 1

ELinks 0.13b:

freedos.org

[ Image ] : ELinks - 2

ELinks 0.13b:

ebay.com

[ Image ] : ELinks - 3

ELinks 0.13b:

wikipedia.org

[ Image ] : ELinks - 4

ELinks 0.13b:

arachne.cz

[ Image ] : ELinks - 5

ELinks 0.13b:

slackware.com

[ Image ] : ELinks - 6

Besides major web browsers for DOS, there are others, which are by now either well outdated, or using them is accompanied by various complications, or they have been intentionally created for a limited range of task. Graphical web browsers: Webboy, SPIN and Skipper. Text-based web browsers: Bobcat, NetTamer, Minuet. Browsers for viewing off-line web pages: Knots, Open World Navigator, IntraDOS.


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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.

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\.