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Sep 23, 2002, 10:00 (21 Talkback[s])
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"At the download site are source and binary packages including the Mandrake 8.1 rpm that I used (version 0.6.6) at less than 200mb. This seems almost unbelievably small for a graphical web browser; in fact, I was able to download, install and open the application in less than 30 seconds. Those who have referred to Dillo as fast are badly underestimating it. It loads and displays its splash screen in less than a second on my machine, a Duron 800. It is every bit as fast as Lynx, the text-based browser I sometimes use for quick page reading. It's a real pleasure to watch pages of image-rich sites explode onto the screen. I have to wonder what it would be like with faster connections than my DSL.

"Dillo won't be for everyone; it doesn't support java, javascript or https, and some pages get rendered in strange ways, (including the index page). And you can forget about audio and video, you'll have to download and run offline. Streaming media is out of the question. But if you want to visit news sites or do general browsing, Dillo will work for you. It also seems to be remarkably stable considering it's alpha software. I've been using it quite a bit lately and it hasn't bailed on me yet. More than I can say for the other graphical browsers..."

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