Fwd: FreeBSD 7.1 Content

Ian Smith smithi at nimnet.asn.au
Sat Sep 6 05:15:43 UTC 2008

On Fri, 5 Sep 2008, Kevin Oberman wrote:
 > > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
 > > From: Kai Otto <kais.deliverymail at googlemail.com>
 > > Date: 2008/9/5
 > > Subject: Re: FreeBSD 7.1 Content
 > > To: Tom Evans <tevans.uk at googlemail.com>
 > > 
 > > 
 > > Hello
 > > 
 > > I think someone mentioned it earlier, but I'm not shure.
 > > IMHO it would _be_ nice if there's a HTML-browser in the standard
 > > installation (with option to not install it in sysinstall).
 > > I say HTML and not web because I think about the /usr/share/doc
 > > .html-documentation. If someone really has no Internet-connection as
 > > mentioned before he/she isn't able to read the handbook, which IMHO is a
 > > very important part of FreeBSD. There are great manpages and exaple files,
 > > but the best explanations are in the handbook.
 > These days a web browser is almost essential. The question is lynx or
 > links? I prefer links, but lynx is more popular. I hope you don't
 > insist on a GUI. Those things are far too big and require an X install.

Agreed; also that it's much better than lynx, which as I recall used to 
be installed by older versions, up to 4.X at least .. the installed MOTD 
even used to advise how to use it with provided handbook and faq URLs.

I just booted off the 7.0 disc1 to check, and /usr/local/bin/links is 
still the default browser in Options, available during installation from 
another vty.  So I was a bit surprised, on rebooting into my so far not
much configured 7.0, to find that it hadn't actually been installed.

It's a pretty small package, useful enough to at least read local docs, 
and would be handy installed from disc1 .. and maybe even by bootonly?

cheers, Ian

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