People who are new to Unix-based systems tend to ask the question "Why on earth would I want a text-mode browser? I'm going to compile X and use Konqueror/Mozilla/Whatever!". Those who have been around systems for a while know that when (not if) you manage to mess up your graphical browser install and you need to look up some information on the web, a console based browser will save you. Also, there are quite a few people who prefer to use one of these browsers as their principle method of browsing; either to avoid the clutter and bandwidth which accompanies images or because they may use a text-to-speech synthesizer which can read the page to them (of use for instance to partially sighted or blind users). We currently have installation instructions for three console web browsers:
Links is a text and graphics mode WWW browser. It includes support for rendering tables and frames, features background downloads, can display colors and has many other features.
Download size: 3.6 MB
Estimated Disk space required: 26 MB
Estimated build time: 0.33 SBU
Install Links by running the following commands:
./configure --prefix=/usr && make && make install
--enable-graphics: Add this switch if you want to use Links in graphics mode. You will also need to enable frame buffer support in your kernel and install GPM-1.20.1 or one of the supported graphics libraries.
The Links package contains links.