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Re: Query: what's best low-profile WWW gui-UA for Debian?

On Tue, 22 Apr 2003, Soren Andersen wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I have set up a system based on a Cyrix P120+ cpu and 96 MB RAM, not
> huge gobs of free hdd space either. I have (just yesterday...) got X11R6
> (XFree86) installed. Using the stable XFree86 v4 release. I have got
> some X client apps set up, like Knews and so on.
> I am trying to keep some of the bloat away, both in terms of installed
> disk space consumption and RAM use. Anyway, my X configuration thus is
> what i think to be "minimalistic" to a degree, i.e. no desktop manager,
> just icewm overseeing things. I like ice.
> I have thus far been using lynx for visiting HTML data. I'd like to move
> to a graphical browser. I seek input, insight, well-formed informed
> opinions about which graphical WWW ua package to install or build (I am
> not afraid of my cc ...). Which should it be? Who requires the least
> additional prerequisite packages above and beyond xlibs, I guess, and
> maybe the Athena widget set, maybe ... can Mozilla be built in a modest
> configuration or is it a hog? Opera (I know, non-free software ...)?
> Netscape?
> I like pretty pictures, full PNG support is the one thing I won't
> compromise on if I can possibly avoid it.
> I suppose a few readers must have formed opinions on this subject...
> please speak to me. I welcome CC:s on this topic.
>    Happy Debian Slave,
>       Soren Andersen
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I think there is a quite good review on freshmeat. In my opinion there is
no really good lightweight gui browser available. Links is most probably
what you are looking for, though it lacks css and javascript, I think. Note that
at least the woody version has no graphical userinterface. I compiled
it from source. The thing I dislike most about Links is its key-bindings.
You can also try w3m with picture-support. Opera is an acceptable choice,
though it is already a bit heavy for such systems as yours (I have a

Hope that helps.


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