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). In this chapter you will find 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 MD5 sum: 94315d9ba68bbb543d93b3b3b4f07582
Download size: 3.7 MB
Estimated disk space required: 24.0 MB
Estimated build time: 0.21 SBU
Install Links by running the following commands:
./configure --prefix=/usr && make
This package does not come with a test suite.
Now, as the root user:
--enable-graphics: Add this switch if you want to use Links in graphics mode. You will either need to install the X Window System or enable frame buffer support in your kernel and install GPM-1.20.1.
Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600