best cli web browser & email programs

Igor Gueths igueths at
Thu Apr 26 15:01:59 EDT 2012

I used Mutt and Elinks here, and they both work very well; the former working
only for casual web browsing, as client-side scripting support is lacking.
Although, what is surprising is that to this day I can still buy stuff on Amazon
with zero client-side scripting.
On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 11:39:55AM -0500, John Heim wrote:
> Lets see, I bought my Pac Mate maybe 4 years ago. So its been that
> long since I use the linux CLI as my main mobile interface. But it
> sounds like nothing has changed.  Well, there's no more pine. Its
> been converted to alpine.  I guess it was unrealistic to expect
> someone to come back and say that there is a web browser just like
> firefox only for the CLI.
> PS: Just to be clear, I'm not using an actual Raspberry Pie. I have
> something similar manufactured by a company called Soekris. It costs
> about 8 times as much as a Raspberry Pie, is about 4 times the size,
> and doesn't have nearly the features. Other than that its just the
> same.  Runs the debian CLI real nice though.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Kirk Reiser"
> <kirk at>
> To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at>
> Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:25 AM
> Subject: Re: best cli web browser & email programs
> >Both alpine and mutt are good mail solutions.  I used to use mutt when
> >I need pgp/gpg for signing because alpine didn't support it but now
> >both programs support encryption and digital signatures.  I find
> >alpine does a bit better job of including your web browser into html
> >mail so use it most of the time these days.
> >
> >As for web browsing, we are all looking for the perfect solution which
> >as far as I know nobody has discovered.  I am fond of elinks compiled
> >with simple js support from the elinks git repository.  When I need a
> >bit more js support although unfortunately not total support I use
> >edbrowse which is very much like the old ed program.
> >
> >YMMV as they say.
> >  Kirk
> >
> >On Thu, 26 Apr 2012, John Heim wrote:
> >
> >>My netbook broke down and I'm thinking of going back to the
> >>linux command line & speakup on a computer on a board (something
> >>like a Raspberry Pie). Instead of buying a new computer, I was
> >>thinking of using one of the under powered machines I can get
> >>for free and then using speakup. It would have the advantage
> >>that ssh would be rock solid and that's what I need the most
> >>when I'm on the road. What web browser and email program do
> >>people prefer?
> >>
> >>
> >>I used to use pine as my primary mail program. That was a few
> >>years ago though. I mean, I used pine even on a system with a
> >>GUI.  How about mutt? Anybody like that?
> >>
> >>Then for browser, I've used lynx and edbrowse but only for
> >>testing purposes. If I work at it, can I get proficient enough
> >>to browse the web about as easily as I would in a GUI?
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>_______________________________________________
> >>Speakup mailing list
> >>Speakup at
> >>
> >>
> >
> >--
> >Kirk Reiser The Computer Braille Facility
> >e-mail: kirk at University of Western Ontario
> >phone: (519) 661-3061
> >_______________________________________________
> >Speakup mailing list
> >Speakup at
> >
> >
> >
> _______________________________________________
> Speakup mailing list
> Speakup at
> -- 
> This message has been scanned for viruses and
> dangerous content by MailScanner, and is
> believed to be clean.


This message has been scanned for viruses and
dangerous content by MailScanner, and is
believed to be clean.

More information about the Speakup mailing list