Last night a faulty patch has taken out my X Server, and as a result my laptop has forgotten how to render graphics. This is more of an annoyance than a serious problem, as most of my work is performed in a text console anyways. All of my files are remotely hosted, I develop in vim over a SSH connection, so having GUI call in sick today, there was no reason for panic. Yet it made me wonder – how does the internet look like without all the graphical quirks?
Introducing Lynx – I have heard of text-only browsers before, and at the time was kind of skeptical of their use, so now was an excellent time to find out how it all works. Ubuntu Linux makes new applications easy to get and install.
sudo apt-get install lynx
The interface is amazingly simple: Up/Down to move through the document, Left/Right to follow links, or return through History. There are no pop-ups, no flashing ads, and no distracting graphics. There is a certain poetic beauty to all of this – just pure text content, and no fillers.