The Lynx web browser at 30

The Lynx web browser was first released in the spring of 1992 (proof here)is still in development with a new update this year (v2.9.0). Lynx was originally designed for Unix, DOS, and other text-only operating systems, but has also been ported to Linus, MacOS, Windows, and nearly all commonly used operating systems.

Lynx is great for those who can’t use a mouse and want a keyboard-based browser, or need a text-only browser that can be used with a text reader (for the visually impaired). The only problem with Lynx today is web design.

Contrary to Microsoft’s desire to force user migration, some people choose to maintain, port, and upgrade software. Bert Lance’s quote says, “IIf it is not broke, do not fix it. We need a corollary: “If it still works, don’t throw it away.”

Here is the wikipedia page

Where to get Lynx:

The Invisible Island. report

Invisible mirror. report

And for those who want to try, Invisible Island has a user guide. There is also one at the University of Toronto. But given how easy and intuitive Lynx is to use, you might not need it.

I don’t use Lynx much these days, but I really like it. In the 1990s, when I was the poorest (unemployed, on social assistance, using a PC Frankenstein), I couldn’t afford the internet. I could, however, use my 14.4K modem to connect to the local Freenetan hour a day (or several between 00:00 and 06:00) running Lynx to do so. It allowed me to browse websites, read Usenet groups, send e-mails, reserve or renew books at the local library on Telnet, but above all, read the job bank of the local unemployment office. (hooray for early adopters!) and find the job that put me back on my feet. I might not be where I am today without the same opportunities.

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