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Learning Unix for Mac OS X Tiger by Dave Taylor

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Some Picks

This section describes just a few of the applications you can install using Fink. First up is Lynx, a text-based web browser that's great for viewing or downloading web pages quickly. After that, we talk about Pine, an email client and Usenet newsreader. Finally, we discuss the GIMP, a general-purpose graphics manipulation package that can do all sorts of great things with images.

Sometimes, it's pretty obvious that FinkCommander is just a graphical layer atop the Fink command

Figure 10-4. Sometimes, it's pretty obvious that FinkCommander is just a graphical layer atop the Fink command

XScrabble, a free download via FinkCommander

Figure 10-5. XScrabble, a free download via FinkCommander

Browsing the Web with Lynx

There are a number of excellent web browsers available for Mac OS X, including Safari, Firefox, Camino, and OmniWeb. However, attractive, graphically based web browsers can be slow—especially when trying to load flashy, graphics-laden web pages over a slow network.

Tip

To install Lynx, use the command fink install lynx(see "Installing Packages," earlier in this chapter).

The Lynx web browser (originally from the University of Kansas and available on many Unix systems) is different because it's a text-based web browser that works within the Terminal application. Because it's text only, Lynx comes with some trade-offs you should know about:

  • Lynx indicates where graphics occur in a page layout, but you won't see the ...

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