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Linux Journal: Run, RabbIT, Run: Making 56k Go Fast

May 15, 2003, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glenn Stone)

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"As those of you who have been following me and my articles here know, I'm stuck on a 56k dial-up. So when something called RabbIT crossed Freshmeat, I had to check it out. Rabbit is a caching, compressing web proxy written in Java. It filters ads by URL fragment and works, more or less, with HTTP/1.1. I say more or less because I didn't have any problems feeding it HTTP/1.1 from Galeon, but the web page claims only 'almost complete' compliance.

"To run RabbIT, you need an upstream machine with a faster link that you can run a process on (a lot of hosting sites let you do this), Java 1.1 or better, ImageMagick and a browser that groks compressed streams and JPEGs. My upstream box is a 1.1GHz Athlon running Red Hat 7.3, IBM Java 2.14, ImageMagick 5.4.3.11-1 and a 384k SDSL line. The downstream system is a 1.1GHz Duron running Debian Woody, with Galeon upgraded to 1.2.7..."

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