The Mosaic web browser on github

Mosaic Web Browser

The famous Mosaic Web Browser, the one who started it all:

Mosaic is the web browser credited with popularizing the World Wide Web. It was also a client for earlier protocols such as FTP, Usenet, and Gopher. Its clean, easily understood user interface, reliability, Windows port and simple installation all contributed to making it the application that opened up the Web to the general public.[2] Mosaic was also the first browser to display images inline with text instead of displaying images in a separate window. While often described as the first graphical web browser, Mosaic was preceded by the lesser-known Erwise[3] and ViolaWWW.

In case you never ran this piece of jewelry ever, then now is the time to do it.

Grab the source from github, then building and running is a breeze(at least for linux), as easy as three steps:

  • First, install these packages(on Debian systems, on others use the appropriate package manager):

    sudo apt-get install build-essential libmotif-dev libjpeg62-dev libpng12-dev x11proto-print-dev libxmu-headers libxpm-dev libxmu-dev

  • Next, build with:

    make linux

  • Run!

    ./src/Mosaic

You should be aware though, so you don’t wtf at it without knowing, there is not support for CSS and JS. These things weren’t around when this baby was a rock star. 🙂

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