On Horde, my Alienware gaming rig, I have CentOS 5.5 with the default GNOME desktop. It’s pretty basic, done up like Red Hat Linux 9 with the retro Bluecurve Classic window borders and controls and such. So why in the world do I launch Lynx for web browsing instead of Firefox 3?
Well, it depends on the site. Some sites like reference pages are just better organized when viewed with a text-only browser. It also gives an added advantage in parsing speed: My brain can read text better with no images to distract me. Bonus: No ads.
If I do need to look at an image, Lynx can do that, too since I’m running it from withtin a desktop session – it just downloads the image at your request and launches your default image viewer.
I also like being able to do green on black text – reminds me of the awesome green phosphor screens on the AT&T 3B2s. Speaking of – if anyone has any old AT&T, DEC, or HP minicomputer hardware that still works, I may be interested. Especially 3B2 parts, manuals, OS tapes, etc.