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Old 6th June 2012
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Default What's the best browser in OpenBSD ?

Now i am using FireFox which is a bit heavy. Are there any fast and light weight browser in OpenBSD 5.1 ?


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Are there any fast and light weight browser in OpenBSD 5.1 ?
There are at least eight browsers to be found in the www directory. My suggestion would be to search for the word "browser", & experiment with your findings.
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Hi sw2wolf !

dillo ===> superfast but no unicode support. I love it !
xxxterm ===> BSD-spirit , promising but still in early developement stages. I love it !
Elinks/lynx/links ===> fast but 'anti-graphic' . unavoidable !
opera ===> fast enough +useful features/widgets , but closed source, sadly . I use it.
chromium ===> insecure and privacy enemy ! I avoid google's pandora's boxes.
w3m ===> text-based +tables & frames rendering
conkeror ===> for keyboard-lovers & mouse-haters .. ion users ..
Arora ?
Konqueror (kde) ?
epiphany (gnome) ?
Firefox is most popular with many useful addons and extensions but the more you install some the more it gets slower.
Finally , Many thanks to the OpenBSD Team for offering us such a variety of web browsers to be used on their wonderful OS !!!
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Hi sw2wolf !
dillo ===> superfast but no unicode support. I love it !
xxxterm ===> BSD-spirit , promising but still in early developement stages. I love it !
Elinks/lynx/links ===> fast but 'anti-graphic' . unavoidable !
opera ===> fast enough +useful features/widgets , but closed source, sadly . I use it.
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thanks for your information. It seems opera needs Linux emulation ? Maybe i should taste xxxterm if it eats little memory than firefox.
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NetSurf is another option and it is small and fast, but it doesn't have Javascript support.
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And in the same spirit of xxxterm you can also try vimprobable.
It's not available in the ports but you can easily compile it yourself (so small it takes seconds on old hardware).

It has a fairly good JavaScript support and you can even add tab support through tabbed.
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Elinks/lynx/links ===> fast but 'anti-graphic' . unavoidable !
Actually, links has a graphical capability (but I haven't used it under OpenBSD).

My favourite is seamonkey, but lightweight it is not!
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My favourite is seamonkey, but lightweight it is not!
Agreed. Seamonkey would be my first choice, but, it is far too heavy for my system. I'm using Firefox.
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hi @hitest !
I've just installed seamonkey & it seems faster than firefox and you can still enjoy addons etc
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hi @hitest !
I've just installed seamonkey & it seems faster than firefox and you can still enjoy addons etc
Yes. When Seamonkey is up and running it is very responsive. However, for me Seamonkey uses far more system resources on my old OpenBSD 5.1 box than FF. When I run Seamonkey my CPU use, according to top, is very high compared to FF.
I am happy to hear that Seamonkey meets your needs.
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Thanks.
So , OpenBSD bid xxxterm a sad farewell ?
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So , OpenBSD bid xxxterm a sad farewell ?
No, the name has simply changed:

http://marc.info/?l=openbsd-ports-cv...7892525429&w=2

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Thanks for the info , ocicat !
Happy to learn about Xombrero .. less porn-suggestive and more Hispanic a name
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I know this topic is a bit old, but browsers change with time...

After having dug through above recommendations: Is there (meanwhile) something like Dillo (great browser, actually) with HTML5 support? Even DuckDuckGo is displayed horribly wrong.
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I know this topic is a bit old, but browsers change with time...

After having dug through above recommendations: Is there (meanwhile) something like Dillo (great browser, actually) with HTML5 support? Even DuckDuckGo is displayed horribly wrong.
Dillo is a third party package and is not affiliated to OpenBSD in any shape or form. Whatever latest stable release Dillo supports should work on OpenBSD. I would be very, very surprised that Dillo supports HTML5 or anything beyond HTML 4.01 for that matter.
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I know that it's third-party, but that doesn't invalidate my question if there is something like Dillo with a better engine...
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Dillo is a third party package and is not affiliated to OpenBSD in any shape or form. Whatever latest stable release Dillo supports should work on OpenBSD.
As the person who maintains the Dillo port on OpenBSD, I can tell you that I track upstream very closely and I try to get updates into the tree asap. If someone has a problem with Dillo on OpenBSD, you should get in contact with me.

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I know that it's third-party, but that doesn't invalidate my question if there is something like Dillo with a better engine...
I really like NetSurf. They're only starting their HTML5 work but I use it as my primary browser on my OpenBSD/loongson machines and it's a pleasure to work with. Unfortunately, it suffers from some graphical endian bugs so you can only use it on little endian machines. I find it a much better experience over Dillo. It's also a really great project for someone looking to do some dev work. All you need is some C knowledge.

(This post made from an OpenBSD/loongson machine running NetSurf. The forums look great.)
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Hmm, how do the usual search engines look with NetSurf? Sounds promising yet.

(Heh, the Dillo maintainer doesn't use Dillo. That irony!)
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Hmm, how do the usual search engines look with NetSurf? Sounds promising yet.

(Heh, the Dillo maintainer doesn't use Dillo. That irony!)
I use Dillo on sgi and macppc. That's how I know about the endian issues.
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Ah, I see.

After having run NetSurf shortly, I find its interface too obtrusive. Admittedly still better than Chromium though...
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