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View Poll Results: What is the best browser for *BSD systems?
Firefox 36 50.00%
Mozilla 0 0%
SeaMonkey 2 2.78%
Netscape 0 0%
Opera 20 27.78%
Safari 0 0%
Internet Explorer 0 0%
Amaya 0 0%
Lynx 3 4.17%
Links 0 0%
Elinks 1 1.39%
Dillo 0 0%
w3m 3 4.17%
Konqueror 2 2.78%
Galeon 1 1.39%
Epiphany 1 1.39%
Flock 1 1.39%
Camino 0 0%
Skipstone 0 0%
Other 2 2.78%
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Here is a poll for what you think is the best web browser currently for *BSD systems. Feel free to express why you do or don't think certain web browsers are good for the *BSD community and what improvements need to be made in certain browsers to better them.



NOTE: I can't possibly list each and every browser out there. I am going off of memory and if I unfortunately neglect your favorite browser, select 'other' and tells us all about it.
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Elinks - because I just don't run X on my BSD systems (all servers).
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Voted for w3m as it supports many functions not in other image capable browser.
Opera, if you need to access sites blocking non-flash.
Text only users will have other meaning
But, if you need UTF-8 on a server, you almost have to use X. (if not Linux or Windows).
This said, I use almost all gecko's, each to access a specific range of sites.
Some other sites are just cUrl'ed and de-html-ized/imported in postgreSQL: saves some bandwidth and CPU time if just looking for specific info.
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Why exactly is Internet Explorer on the list?
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Best for what purpose? I mostly use Epiphany, but regularly use Firefox (both native and in Wine for Flash9) and Linux Opera. Once in a while I use Galeon and Internet Explorer (in Wine). All have their uses and different quirks.
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Flock, because it's better then Firefox (when like me, you don't use extensions to add missing features; just trinkets), almost as much fun as Opera, and offers some useful service integrations (webmail, blogging, photos, news, etc) that every other browser is missing out of the box.


However, if this poll was for the best _browser_ in general, I would have to say Lynx -- other browsers only best it in rendering pages, nothing else.
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Why exactly is Internet Explorer on the list?
I was wondering the same.
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wining about it won't get it ported.
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Well, I already voted for lynx (same reason as cajunman4life -- I usually do not run X on a server).

But this evening I just started playing around with Opera 9.5 on my laptop. Very slick!
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Opera 9.50 seems to have caught the "sleak" black virus ... I don't know why so many applications use a skin like that ...

Anyway, you didn't really phrase the question very well, do you mean what the best browser is, or which browser you use the most?

Many people seem to use another OS (Windows, Linux, OSX) as their desktop, and BSD only as server, while other people also use BSD for their desktop ... Some people are saying they use lynx, elinks, w3m, etc, which is probably not what they're using from day-to-day (But only on their non-X servers)...
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And I doubt any of us have used all those browsers to be able to rate them. I mostly use Firefox because of the excellent dev tools. Otherwise, Opera and Lynx. I've used Epiphany, K-Meleon, Flock and some others but it's going to be like your favorite editor. You stay with one that fits how you work and you build your life around it.

btw, Amaya is for development and not an every day browser. Netscape has been killed off by AOL.
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For the record - I've used all of these with the exception of Flock and Skipstone.

Now let me re-phrase... my favorite browser is Opera. Use it on my Mac at home. Got it on my work PC. Hell, I'll usually install it anywhere I go (even on public computers, although with 9.5 it forces you to have admin rights to install for some aweful reason - maybe I don't want all users of the system to have access to it!).

But - for command-line only, it's Elinks (but I dink around with w3m every now and then also).
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>And I doubt any of us have used all those browsers to be able to rate them.

-Mosaic
-Netscape (up to 4.7x)
-IE at work
-Mozilla
-Opera (former payware)
-Phoenix/Firefox

And always lynx or links on most machines. So most browsers suck, but my favorite sucks less ;-) But sometimes I just try some new browser (midori/webkit at the moment).
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The poll is like every other "what is the best..." poll...
It _depends_. You can't compare a browser on your cli to irefox.
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Hello,

I am looking for best _general_ overall browser.
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Hello,

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Originally Posted by BSDfan666 View Post
Why exactly is Internet Explorer on the list?
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I was wondering the same.
Because it is a browser and it can run on *BSD (if one is so inclined to set it up with the proper emulation software).

And, because I am an equal opportunity offender.



Note: I didn't actually expect it to get any votes for it, but I thought if I excluded it I'd hear "where's IE?!"
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Hello,

For those who choose links/elinks or w3m - why those instead of lynx?
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iirc with w3m, backspace puts you in history (easy to go back) and
you can cursor to links
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tried Amaya, had to deselect "opengl" (make config) or
nothing was installed despite the port thinking that it did. Either that,
or uninstalling thoteditor beforehand
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w3m ?
  • aware of other character codes than en_US
  • may (option) display pictures (some webmaster provide "uncopyable" data in png format, never heard of OCR)
  • handles tables
  • can be used to translate html/tables to plain text
  • can be used as a pager as less/more
  • ...
Actually I now use cURL and scripts to read tables and order the data as I want to.
Typical html page with tables 66K if saved as html, all the data 1833 Bytes! once cvs or tab delimited.

w3m's interface is less polished than Links+ (a bit heavier, almost same functions but not all) or Dillo (GTK+1 or do they really switch to FLTK, yet another graphic tool ?).
Find w3m a better candidate on OpenBSD to add browsing with tables and images on FVWM.
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Quote:
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Hello,

I am looking for best _general_ overall browser.
With that qualifier, then you have to remove most of the browsers in the poll, leaving only these:
Firefox
Mozilla
SeaMonkey
Opera
Konqueror
Galeon
Epiphany
Flock

That list comes about because they are easily installed on BSD, not needing wine, and can display the same various mime-types. And many on that list all run the same rendering engine as Firefox.
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