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From the Surfraw website: Surfraw provides a fast unix command line interface to a variety of popular WWW search engines and other artifacts of power. It reclaims google, altavista, babelfish, dejanews, freshmeat, research index, slashdot and many others from the false-prophet, pox-infested heathen lands of html-forms, placing these wonders where they ...
Lynx is actively maintained, but mostly for bug fixes. The last release of Links 2 was on 2011-08-10. The elinks fork still has an active developer mailing list with occasional bug fixes, but hasn't seen a release since 2009. W3m is actively maintained, though no major feature has been added in several years. The latest version is w3m 0.5.3 released on ...
Assuming you are using something like Gnome, Xfce or some compliant desktop environment; a good alternative is to create a .desktop file. For example unix_stackexchange_com.desktop with the following contents: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=Unix & Linux Comment=Link to Unix & Linux. Exec=google-chrome http://unix.stackexchange.com Terminal=false ...
A link to a website isn't exactly possible if you're trying to go the hardlink/symlink route. What you can do, and I found this suggestion here, is to create a simple script that can be executed. #!/bin/sh x-www-browser 'http://www.example.com/your/link'
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