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How and why to use Lynx – the faster web browser

Tags: foss, lynx, browser

6 comments

  1. streblo
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    Someone pulled readability.js out of Firefox which works great with lynx. E.g.: ./rdrview -B lynx 'https://tildes.net/~comp/twk/how_and_why_to_use_lynx_the_faster_web_browser'
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    Someone pulled readability.js out of Firefox which works great with lynx.

    E.g.:

    ./rdrview -B lynx 'https://tildes.net/~comp/twk/how_and_why_to_use_lynx_the_faster_web_browser'

    7 votes
  2. [4]
    cmccabe
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    A fun feature of Lynx is that it also renders gopher content. Gopher was vanquished from the mainstream by the www, but it was once one of the most popular ways to use the internet. It is still...

    A fun feature of Lynx is that it also renders gopher content. Gopher was vanquished from the mainstream by the www, but it was once one of the most popular ways to use the internet. It is still around and is home to a relatively smaller but enthusiastic community of fairly technical retro-computing enthusiasts, many of whom are seeking refuge from the ad revenue-driven train wreck of the www.

    If you want to try out Lynx’s gopher capability, try this site:
    gopher://gopher.black/1/phlogs

    Note that this address starts with gopher:// instead of https://

    10 votes
    1. [3]
      mxuribe
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      I've used lynx on and off on a rare occasion over the year - really more for fun and curiosity - and Inever knew about its gopher capabilities! TIL I wonder if lynx will eventually also support...

      I've used lynx on and off on a rare occasion over the year - really more for fun and curiosity - and Inever knew about its gopher capabilities! TIL I wonder if lynx will eventually also support gemini[0] in the future??

      [0] = https://gemini.circumlunar.space/

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        cmccabe
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        You might also like Bombadillo, a non-web browser that understands gemini, gopher and a few other non-web protocols. https://bombadillo.colorfield.space/ Just note that this URL may go offline...

        You might also like Bombadillo, a non-web browser that understands gemini, gopher and a few other non-web protocols.

        https://bombadillo.colorfield.space/

        Just note that this URL may go offline today or tomorrow for a day or so as the admin (and lead Bombadillo dev) moves the server.

        5 votes
        1. mxuribe
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          I had never heard of bombadillo until now; thanks for sharing! (I love the name too!)

          I had never heard of bombadillo until now; thanks for sharing! (I love the name too!)

          2 votes
  3. kyotja
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    I don't use lynx all that often, but I do a lot of mobile browsers, screen readers, and generally things other than the big three (chrome, safari, firefox), and it's eye-opening how bad support is...

    Computers lie to us. CSS hides our worst sins. JavaScript covers-up our poor architectural choices. With Lynx, there’s no escape.

    I don't use lynx all that often, but I do a lot of mobile browsers, screen readers, and generally things other than the big three (chrome, safari, firefox), and it's eye-opening how bad support is on a lot of sites. If anything, lynx is a good way to make people experience a website through a lense they might not have considered otherwise, and is more than worth the installation in that regard. I admonish everyone to install something lynx-like, if not lynx itself, for the sake of everyone else.

    9 votes