surf (web browser)

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surf
Word "surf" written in hand-made "angular" font
Screenshot of surf showing Wikipedia Main Page
surf does not include graphical control elements
Original author(s) Christoph Lohmann
Developer(s) Christoph Lohmann, Enno Boland, Troels Henriksen, et al.
Initial release 10 September 2009; 5 years ago (2009-09-10)
Stable release 0.6[1] (10 February 2013; 18 months ago (2013-02-10)) [±]
Development status Active
Written in C
Operating system Unix-like
Engine WebKitGTK+
Type minimalist web browser
License MIT License
Website surf.suckless.org

surf is a minimalist web browser developed by suckless.org. The user interface of this browser does not include any graphical control elements; it is controled via keyboard shortcuts or external tools, which may manipulate its behavior by setting its window's properties.

Features[edit]

surf is intentionally limited in its set of features. The only graphical elements the browser has are the page view itself and a small line indicating download progress. The main functionality of the browser is implemented in third-party WebKitGTK+ library, and the rest of the program only provides a window and a set of XProperties to control its behavior. While surf supports cookies, it does not include such common features of web browsers as tabbed browsing, bookmarks or ad filtering. Neither it has address bar; instead _SURF_URI XProperty has to be set to user-requested uniform resource locator (URL) for browser to follow it. By default, surf configuration includes a keyboard shortcut for calling dmenu program to prompt user for URL.[2][3][4][5]

All configuration of surf is performed by editing configuration header file or directly browser's source code before compilation, and most browser's setting (with exception of several command line arguments) can't be altered later.[2][4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Index of /surf/". suckless.org. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Kopta, Martin (16 June 2014), "Surf: minimalistický prohlížeč podle pravidel Suckless" [Surf: minimalist browser from Suckless project], Root.cz (in Czech), retrieved 13 July 2014 
  3. ^ Vervloesem, Koen (14 December 2011), Comparison, "Xxxterm: Surfing like a Vim pro", LWN.net, retrieved 13 July 2014 
  4. ^ a b Zobnin, Eugeniy (July 2012), "Всё гениальное просто: переходим на софт проекта suckless.org" [Everything great is simple: transitioning to software from suckless.org], Xakep (in Russian) 7 (162): 106–109 
  5. ^ Perrin, Chad (6 June 2011), "If you thought Uzbl was a minimal WebKit browser, you should see surf", TechRepublic, retrieved 13 July 2014 

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