3 April 2014 · 2 minute read
My friend Margo recently put forth the following questions:
Should I give up Firefox? What should I use instead?
The first question regards Mozilla’s current political crisis and whether we should stop using Mozilla’s Firefox web browser because of it.
To answer the second question, an alternative to Firefox is Chromium, the open source code-base for Chrome without Google and Adobe’s added proprietary stuff. Download a stable, ready-to-install build for Macs here.
Another alternative which is also a great way to test a website’s usability is to use the text-only command-line browser Lynx. Here’s how to install it in Linux or OS X (you can find the version of the latest stable release at http://lynx.isc.org/):
:::bash mkdir /usr/local/src cd /usr/local/src curl -O http://lynx.isc.org/lynx2.8.8/lynx2.8.8.tar.gz tar -xzvf lynx2.8.8.tar.gz cd lynx2-8-8 ./configure --mandir=/usr/share/man make sudo make install
Then, to visit a website:
:::bash lynx hypertexthero.com
This is what this article looks like in Lynx: