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About Lynx

Lynx is a fully-featured World Wide Web (WWW) browser for users on Unix, VMS, and other platforms running cursor-addressable, character-cell terminals or emulators. That includes vt100 terminals, other character-cell displays, and vt100 emulators such as Kermit or Procomm running on PCs or Macs.

For information on how to use Lynx see the Lynx User's Guide, or the Lynx help files.

Credits and Copyright

Lynx was a product of the Distributed Computing Group within Academic Computing Services of The University of Kansas.

Lynx was originally developed by Lou Montulli, Michael Grobe, and Charles Rezac. Garrett Blythe created DosLynx and later joined the Lynx effort as well. Following the departures of Lou and Garrett for positions at Netscape in the summer of 1994, Craig Lavender provided support services for Lynx, and Ravikumar Kolli for DosLynx.

Lynx is maintained and supported by members of the Internet community coordinated via the lynx-dev mailing list.

Lynx is derived from material copyrighted by the University of Kansas. However most of the release (and corresponding copyright) is the work of developers on the lynx-dev mailing list. It is distributed without restrictions on usage or redistribution under the GNU General Public License (Version 2).

Lynx was built over an early version of the Common Code Library developed by the CERN WWW Project. That code is copyrighted by CERN. Lynx contains other sections of code that are copyrighted by other institutions or individuals. The Lynx copyright does not override or invalidate those copyrights.

Thanks to Tim Berners-Lee and the other CERN World Wide Web wizards for the WWW client library code and all of their other work on the WWW project, NCSA and the Mosaic developers, and to everyone out in netland who has contributed to Lynx's development either directly (through comments or bug reports) or indirectly (through inspiration and development of other systems).

Also, special thanks go to Foteos Macrides who ported much of Lynx to VMS and did much of its development following Lou Montulli's and Garrett Blythe's departures from the University of Kansas, and to Earl Fogel of the University of Saskatchewan. Earl implemented the hypertext engine HYPERREZ in the Unix environment. HYPERREZ was developed by Niel Larson of and served as the model for the early versions of Lynx which did not use the WWW libraries and had their own hypertext format.


Information on obtaining the most current version of Lynx is available via the Lynx homepage.

Mailing List

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