FOSDEM '10 is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet. No registration necessary.

Dieter Plaetinck
Day Saturday
Room Ferrer
Start time 18:40
End time 18:55
Duration 00:15
Event type Lightning-Talk
Track Lightning Talks
Language English
Uzbl: A webbrowser which adheres to the unix philosophy

I will describe how the design ideas and implementation of Uzbl are radically different from other (even "lightweight") browsers. Why this is important and which advantages this brings for hackers and control freaks. I will demonstrate how one can leverage these properties to integrate webbrowsing with other activities and vice versa, by using simple scripts and tools.

Uzbl is:

  • uzbl-core: a small program providing a UI to interact with webpages, a means to report events and send commands
  • uzbl-browser: a complete browser implementation based on uzbl-core and various scripts providing commonly used features.
  • many more scripts providing tabs, download managers etc