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

Corey McGuire coreyfro at coreyfro.com
Wed Nov 9 14:34:05 PST 2011


You can use old versions of xfree too.  It still builds under new distros.

-- Sent while under the observation of my Android overlord.
On Nov 9, 2011 2:30 PM, "Corey McGuire" <coreyfro at coreyfro.com> wrote:

> 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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