|Created by||Lou Montulli, Michael Grobe, Charles Rezac|
|Developed by||Thomas Dickey|
|Latest release||2.8.6 / October 11, 2006|
Lynx has been around since 1992 and it is the oldest web browser still being actively developed.
Features and usability
lynx is navigated using keyboard keys. It's easy to use. Some keys are different compared to graphical browsers. As an example, you press
g to visit an URL, not
ctrl-l. There is a built-in help and learning how to use it is easy enough.
The browser itself is fine in terms of usability. It's main problem is that it simply isn't well suited for the modern Internet.
The lack support for modern web features, which in fairness can't really be done very well in a text-based terminal, makes lynx impractical to use on the vast majority of websites on today's Internet. Here is an example of what some "modern" websites look like in Lynx:
That a lot of sites simply aren't usable in Lynx isn't it's fault but it is a present truth.
Lynx is fine if you want to lookup some Linux-related information real quick. A lot of Linux-related websites tend to be somewhat usable. Don't expect any modern "news" or "social media" site to work with it.