Subcategory: Web browsers
Platform: Linux, UNIX-like
License: Public Domain
Programing language: Bourne shell
First release: July 2000
Surfraw – 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 belong, deep in unix heartland, as god loving extensions to the shell.
Surfraw abstracts the browser away from input. Doing so lets it get on with what it’s good at. Browsing. Interpretation of linguistic forms is handed back to the shell, which is what it, and human beings are good at. Combined with netscape-remote or incremental text browsers, such as links links, w3m, and screen a Surfraw liberateur is capable of navigating speeds that leave GUI tainted idolaters agape with fear and wonder.
The project developer is Julian Assange.