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alphanum3r1c

Jag hånar dig med mina apbyxor.

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Taggar: #linux #notetoself #ubuntu #elinks #lucid #ohlookwerenotallgonnadie

#notetoself #ubuntu #elinks

I spent all day yesterday using elinks for my web browsing. My official conclusion: it works awesome.

It serves up the internet without Flash, without cursor stealing hovering popup widgets, without streaming audio or video or talking advertisements. Without pictures, even*. Just the information I was looking for in white-on-black. Well, light gray on dark gray. Minimal resource footprint--not once yesterday did I have to watch my HD light go because my browser was so overloaded with internet cruft. The whole experience was very peaceful, very zen.

*I can still see them. I just select the image link and open it in a seperate app. Usually gthumb. I looked at five yesterday. Two of them were captchas.

I'm not going to evangelize or anything. It's not for everyone, but it is for me. But enough about my happy experience with new software.

Elinks is supposed to be able to do the javascript thang. In theory. For some reason, in their infinite wisdom, Ubuntu has decided to remove SpiderMonkey from the repositories--the package Elinks needs to be able to do javascript (a necessity for things like google reader, which is my fallback plan, since Snownews is also no longer available in Lucid).

But thanks to this page and this guy I managed to figure out what I needed and get it installed:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:launchpad/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install spidermonkey-bin

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And in other news, io9 has a really good explanation of why everyone can just calm the fuck down over the methane bubble thing.

Skrivet av alphanum3r1c, 2010-07-13 10:36

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