Moving w3m out of standard

James Dinkel jdinkel at
Mon Jun 16 16:17:16 UTC 2008

On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 10:30 AM, Dustin Kirkland
<kirkland at> wrote:
> Matt, et al.-
> I agree 100% that w3m is completely unnecessary on a modern Ubuntu
> desktop machine.  No argument there.
> On a server without X, however, I think that some form of an
> interactive text web browser is still useful.  I know of 3 in Ubuntu
> main, (w3m, lynx, elinks).  I can't speak for the state of upstream
> development of any of those.  They may be other alternatives.
> But I do see a distinct difference between w3m/lynx/elinks and
> wget/curl.  The latter are useful for scripting the downloading of
> files/content and then acting on it.  The former are more interactive,
> and allow for web searching, following links, reading pages.
> We can debate whether an interactive text browser belongs in the
> default server seed, or if we simply document how to install and use
> it in the Server Guide.  I'd like to see an interactive web browser
> remain on the server, though.
> :-Dustin

I think an interactive web browser is completely unnecessary on a
server.  You should do your browsing from a workstation, and then use
wget or sftp to transfer any files you need to the server.


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