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Arachne: a self-contained graphical web browser for DOS and Linux (wikipedia.org)
41 points by TazeTSchnitzel on Oct 20, 2015 | hide | past | favorite | 13 comments

It's awesome to see this posted. It brings back a lot of fond memories.

I came across Arachne about 15 years ago when I was exploring programming and writing graphical shells on top of DOS. As foreigner points out in this thread, it's entire UI is HTML. This blew my mind and eventually led me into the world of web development.

Very neat! What does it offer over links2?

Given its age, probably quite little, actually. It can run without a display server, but so can links. I guess Arachne's greatest trick is that it runs on DOS.

Arachne's greatest trick is the entire UI is defined in HTML. That was a big deal back in the day.

Wow, really? I had no idea. Reminds me of how Firefox is all XUL.

To add on to a sibling comment, it's the default browser for FreeDOS: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeDOS

Default is too strong of a word. If you meant that it can be installed from the FD 1.1 Install CD, then you are correct.

My god, I totally forgot about this. I didn't even have internet. Learned HTML on it.

It needs root privileges to install, though. I wish there were a graphical browser that I could run in an SSH session to Red Hat OpenShift. Installing X11 requires root. I only have standard user privileges. Any suggestions?

You don't need to install an X server on the remote box you're connecting to with SSH and X11 forwarding, you just need the graphical application and the libraries it depends on for using the X protocol (xlib or xcb, usually with a higher level toolkit). Accessing real graphics hardware or putting things in /usr require root, but you shouldn't need to do either one.

The TigerVNC binaries on bintray run fine everywhere I've tried them and they don't require installation. Encrypted too.

Good memories, I used to run this from a DOS tools rescue disc I maintained up to about ten years ago.

At some point I moved on to Linux full time.

it has a dialer and tcp/ip stack built in along with support for various network cards. Ah...DOS

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