Linked by ddc_ on Mon 5th Dec 2011 17:33 UTC
Internet & Networking There are a lot of browsers these days, some being bloated with features, others serving the bare minimum of web browsing tasks. Marco Peerboom began developing his minimalist web browser xxxterm for OpenBSD in 2010. Within a year the browser became popular enough in the OpenBSD community to find its ways to major Linux repositories. And here's why.
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by Coxy on Mon 5th Dec 2011 17:37 UTC
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Before reading the article I thought it had something to do with Porn.

A web brower for porn surfers

Edited 2011-12-05 17:37 UTC

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RE: xxx?
by senshikaze on Mon 5th Dec 2011 18:25 UTC in reply to "xxx?"
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Isn't that all of them?

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RE[2]: xxx?
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 5th Dec 2011 18:35 UTC in reply to "RE: xxx?"
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I was about to say. I call my browser pron dispenser.

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RE: xxx?
by wanker90210 on Mon 5th Dec 2011 21:01 UTC in reply to "xxx?"
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I surf all my porn in Opera.

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RE[2]: xxx?
by earksiinni on Mon 5th Dec 2011 23:28 UTC in reply to "RE: xxx?"
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Clever usage of browser meant for singers.

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by KLU9 on Tue 6th Dec 2011 17:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: xxx?"
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Porn in Opera:
"It ain't over till the fat lady ..."

Answers on a postcard to PO Box 123, Oslo. Winner gets two tickets to Wagner's "The [####] Ring".

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by cristoper on Mon 5th Dec 2011 19:24 UTC
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Don't forget luakit! It's basically a minimal webkit/gtk front with a lua back.

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Been using xxxterm for more than six months
by Bink on Mon 5th Dec 2011 20:23 UTC
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Been using xxxterm for more than six months now… And, FWIW, it does HTML5 video better than Firefox and Chrome!

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"There are also Conkeror and Firefox with Vimperator extension which feel lightweight in their behavior, but is there still anybody who really believes that the words Gecko and lightweight belong in the same sentence?"

Like, really?

Gecko for the record isn't more bloated than webkit.

Firefox uses xul-runner for all the GUI which is what makes it feel slow at times (since you probably don't know anything about nothing, xul is a javascript UI that is rendered by Gecko and is responsible for the slightly longer load time, UI delays and customizability)

And the article goes on and on with anti-Firefox claims which are all baseless. WTG OSnews.

I though it was about xxxterm, but instead, it was just good old FUD.

Edited 2011-12-05 20:54 UTC

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Firefox bashing
by Dirge on Mon 5th Dec 2011 22:16 UTC
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Hey I like these introductions to new and useful or even interesting utilities. Keep it up guys.

But why the Firefox bashing in the conclusion, sounds allot more like personal bias than fact.

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by rephorm on Mon 5th Dec 2011 22:47 UTC
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Is there a reason you don't provide a link the browser's website? (I know it is easy to find using a search engine, but you went through the trouble of linking all the other browsers you mention in passing.)

For anyone interested, the main site is:

Snapshots of source are at:

Now to get over the unfortunate choice of name and try this, otherwise interesting sounding piece of software out...

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Uh guys....
by BluenoseJake on Mon 5th Dec 2011 22:53 UTC
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It's not in the Debian repos, so it must not exist.

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RE: Uh guys....
by gan17 on Mon 5th Dec 2011 23:32 UTC in reply to "Uh guys...."
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The Sid/Unstable repos have it, though.

Conformal apps rawk!! Currently typing this on xxxterm in scrotwm.

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RE[2]: Uh guys....
by BluenoseJake on Wed 7th Dec 2011 14:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Uh guys...."
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I'm running stable +backports, so I guess I'll have to enable unstable to try it out. :-(

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by earksiinni on Mon 5th Dec 2011 23:30 UTC
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Pentadactyl (formerly known as Vimperator) is an awesome web browsing experience. Combined with ratpoison, my happy fingers never have to leave my keyboard.

After all, what else would you use a MacBook for? ;-)

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by ven- on Tue 6th Dec 2011 03:24 UTC
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Wow, this is exactly what I have been looking for. Thanks.

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Links -g
by robertson on Tue 6th Dec 2011 05:33 UTC
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links -g anyone?

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RE: Links -g
by spiderman on Tue 6th Dec 2011 07:19 UTC in reply to "Links -g"
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I'm using elinks at home and lynx at work. I can read osnews but for some reasons, I can not log in. I have to launch Opera just for commenting.

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by Flatland_Spider on Tue 6th Dec 2011 13:23 UTC
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[quote]GNOME (which is saddled with Firefox as the default browser for unknown reason these days)[/quote]

It's produced by a non-profit that is dedicated to FOSS ideals and an open web with the resources to improve the product.

Firefox is Firefox is Firefox regardless of the OS.

It has brand name recognition, and it won't scare people away.

It's recognized by web devs to be a browser to target, which isn't the case for some other Web browsers.

Those are just some reasons off the top of my head. I'm sure other people can come up with more.

I'll admit Firefox has it's problems, but those problems aren't enough to throw away the hard won recognition.

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by cb88 on Tue 6th Dec 2011 14:03 UTC
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Dillo 3 is quite a big improvement over Dillo 2.x it now has floating table support which means webpages like almost render normally and Facebook mobile will load if you enable ssl and cookie suppport!

It would be nice to see them add a plugin for javascript support.

do note that Dillo rejects cookies by default.

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Nice article.
by Tuishimi on Tue 6th Dec 2011 16:15 UTC
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Thank you for sharing.

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Comment by KLU9
by KLU9 on Tue 6th Dec 2011 17:23 UTC
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I used to use the light Hv3 (made in Tcl/Tk) a while back, I think Puppy introduced it to me.

However it looks like it might have been inactive a couple of years.

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