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Browsing the Web: lynx

lynx is a command-line web client. Surprising as it might seem, many people prefer browsing the World Wide Web in a text-only application. There are, of course, many pages that simply can't be browsed without a graphics-capable application, but those pages are written by people who aren't concerned with making their information as widely available as possible and don't seem to be of interest to people who prefer to browse in text only.

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There's a reasonable chance that lynx isn't installed on your system. It's currently not distributed by Apple. It's a favorite, however, among command-line aficionados, so you might find it already installed at work or school. We're going to use it for a few things later in the chapter, so if you don't have it, you'll be installing it in Chapter 14, “Command-Line Software Installation and Troubleshooting.” The install we do for lynx will be of the easiest possible command-line install style, so you might even want to flip forward a few pages and do the install now.



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