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The Lynx Development Process

Lynx is maintained and improved by an international co-operative of volunteers. Newcomers are welcome to join the group: you need not be a super programmer, but you should be prepared to listen and learn, as well as to contribute patches if you can. Since everyone is a volunteer, you will usually be expected to try to implement any suggestions you make.

Lynx-Dev Discussion List

The developers communicate through a mailing list — see below for details — which is open to interested users as well as programmers. Topics include fixing bugs, increasing Lynx's tools and powers, meeting the ever-changing demands of the Internet and porting Lynx to new systems.

Anyone may read what has been said on the list by visiting the Archive.

Development Versions of Lynx

Besides releases, which are stable versions of Lynx which come out once or twice a year and can be obtained from the release site, there are development versions, which are experimental — though usually stable enough to use — and appear every few weeks, depending on current activity.

You can find the latest development version of Lynx by visiting the development site.

Subscribing to Lynx-Dev

If you are interested in joining the Lynx mailing list, send e-mail to  lynx-dev-request@nongnu.org with "subscribe" as the subject line.

You will need to answer one follow-up question to confirm you want to subscribe. Mailman will then enroll you and send all messages which you address to lynx-dev@nongnu.org to all subscribers; you will also receive all messages sent by other subscribers.

Unsubscribing from Lynx-Dev

To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to  lynx-dev-request@nongnu.org with "unsubscribe" as the subject line.

Casual Inquiries

Anyone may ask a question or offer a comment by sending e-mail to  the list. Since all subscribers are volunteers, you depend on their goodwill and will be more likely to get a response if you give the e-mail a meaningful “Subject” and include details of your version of Lynx, hardware and software. You can check the Archive to find any responses.

Messages from non-subscribers are not immediately distributed to avoid spam. Usually, if your message appears genuine, it will be retrieved from the pile headed for the wastebasket within a day or so and distributed to the list. For best results, subscribe as described above.

The Lynx-Dev Archive

Messages posted to lynx-dev are archived in html format so that you can view them using Lynx: go to the Mail Archive.