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Fastest browser?

I chanced upon links-graphic on Linux. IMO, it is the fastest browser I've ever seen.

I was getting frustrated with the browsers in my Linux machine. Opera 7b looks ugly (on Linux), Mozilla takes up too much resources, Galeon just wouldn’t startup with my home page. Mozilla and Phoenix both seem to ignore keyboard after a while - I think it is something to do with my frequest switching between these and rxvt under FluxBox window manager. Anyway, while browsing Mandrake CDs, I found a package called links-graphic and installed it. Screenshot below.

links_graphic_ss_tn.jpgWow! What a browser. It is lightning fast. Handles even ugliest of ugliest sites pretty well :-) It doesn’t understand @import of CSS, so newer blog sites are rendered with CSS ignored.

I still haven’t figured out if there is a Windows version. Google search was not very helpful.

I’m going to use this for a while. Atleast for pure browsing activities that don’t involve filling out forms.

Mandrake users, just type urpmi links-graphic to install it. And type links-graphic to run it.

  1. Wow, i've used normal links many times, but I had no idea there was a version that loads graphics. the plain text one is very nice.. tables and everything!

    thanks for the pointer.

    Posted by: eliot on April 30, 2003 07:04 PM
  2. The name 'links-graphic' got me curious in the first place! I use lynx and links often. This one is simply superb.

    Posted by: Babu on April 30, 2003 08:39 PM
  3. I am not sure what your perception of ugliness is, but Opera did not look much different in Linux, than in Windows, except the outer border. I have a screenshot at

    This is with the Qt Shared version as opposed to the static version. The Qt shared version looks way better and supports anti aliased fonts for the widgets. And then there are ofcourse the various skinning options.

    I have also used it in Fluxbox and it does not look much different in that too.

    Posted by: Deepak on April 30, 2003 08:52 PM
  4. Heh .... Opera is ugly on Windows too.

    'tis a shame because it works fairly well ... just can't get past the uglyness.
    (Kinda like driving a Pontiac Aztek)

    Posted by: driven on May 13, 2003 11:25 AM
  5. Ugly or not, Opera is the best on any platform. I feel cramped without it.

    Posted by: Ferdy Duger on May 30, 2003 09:36 PM
  6. I think Mandrake took links2 and renamed it links-graphic. Google for 'links browser' and check the link to links-2.

    Posted by: Fasaxc on August 6, 2003 12:21 PM
  7. I like Opera 7b :)

    Posted by: tramadol on October 10, 2003 12:37 PM
  8. Opera is bad to show very much webs. Try use Composer to do a simple web and use Opera to watch it. It is awful.

    Posted by: TROMPA on December 17, 2003 03:58 AM
  9. opera really sucks... i hate opera. i'm still searching a new browser that fits my needs.

    Posted by: Michael on January 3, 2004 12:07 AM