[Tiny-tux] [sf-lug] Browser on 486

Corey McGuire coreyfro at coreyfro.com
Wed Nov 9 14:30:09 PST 2011


There are other x serves you can use.  Kdrive comes to mind. Its vesa only,
which can be a problem on super old hardware

-- Sent while under the observation of my Android overlord.
On Nov 9, 2011 8:06 AM, "Brian Morris" <cymraegish at gmail.com> wrote:

> I should be clear that Links2 is a fully graphical Gui browser with jpg
> and frame support. It is very good and clean about filtering out modern
> fluff. I have used it on newer machines to read news just because of that.
> But on old machines it is very pleasantly fast.
>
> Of course there are mobile browser sites which should definitely not be
> ignored. Many can be gotten with a 'm' prefix eg m.wikipedia.org; if you
> can hack it a browser can be configured to have an option to identify as
> mobile.
>
>
> On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 5:07 PM, Brian Morris <cymraegish at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 3:47 PM, Wladyslaw Zbikowski <
>> embeddedlinuxguy at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 6:29 PM, Ronald Cotoni <setient at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> > recompiled kernel (the kernel needs to be recompiled to use WAY less
>>> ram).
>>> >  twm uses ~800kbytes of ram which is completely doable on a 486.
>>>
>>> Good point, I'm thinking CONFIG_EMBEDDED and
>>> CONFIG_CC_OPTIMIZE_FOR_SIZE to start with.
>>>
>>> I have heard that -Os is actually faster on old machines anyway (perhaps
>> due to the low speed of the RAM)
>>
>>
>>> It would be useful to have lynx/links as a backup, but most people
>>> prefer a graphical browser for everyday use. Conceivably one could run
>>> X to just launch a single fullscreen browser window and no window
>>> manager, if X were absolutely needed for some reason.
>>>
>>
>> links2 (FORKED from links) works very fast in graphical mode.
>>
>> it appears that X wants 32MB RAM but maybe some of that in kernel.
>>
>> I have experience with Mac of same vintage and I can testify that there
>> are 72pin simms in larger sizes that work well beyond what the original
>> specs said, That is there are 64MB and 128MB card. Useful to have one if
>> you can.
>>
>> In NetBSD the Xserver for Mac is configured to run in Black and White
>> which makes it a Lot faster than Xorg which won't do that. I forget if Xorg
>> even allows 8 bit color anymore, but anyway you might look into building
>> Xfree86.
>>
>> Don't be afraid of distcc.
>>
>> Good Luck, break a leg.
>>
>> Brian
>>
>> p.s. have a look at tomsrtbt, its fun
>>
>>
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