A graphical web browser for DOS and Linux
Arachne is a discontinued Internet suite containing a graphical web browser, email client, and dialer. Originally, Arachne was developed by Michal Polák under his xChaos label, a name he later changed into Arachne Labs. It was written in C and compiled using Borland C++  Arachne has since been released under the GPL as Arachne GPL.
Arachne primarily runs on DOS-based operating systems, but includes builds for Linux as well. The Linux version relies on SVGALib and therefore does not require a display server.
Screenshot of the Arachne web browser using the × graphics mode. The screenshot contains 14 colors.
Arachne supports many file formats, protocols and standards including video modes from CGA × in monochrome to VESA × in high color mode ( colors). It is designed for systems that do not have any windowing systems installed.
The first version of Arachne with a known release date was Beta 2, which was released on 22 December The final and official version by Arachne Labs was R3 for DOS (released 22 January ) and beta for Linux (released 20 July ). While there have been several more DOS versions, Linux development lay dormant until 24 May when a beta version for Linux was released. The current DOS version, maintained by Glenn McCorkle, is as of 4 March In , there also was an experimental DPMI port of Arachne by Udo Kuhnt, named DPMI Arachne.
Arachne supports a limited subset of stylesheets and HTML. Known support as of version 
|Style ||Aliases ||Options |
|color ||#rgb or #rrggbb or a color name |
|background-color ||background ||#rgb or #rrggbb or a color name |
|font-size ||%, px, pt |
|font-style ||i[talics] |
|font-weight ||b[old] |
|text-decoration ||font-decoration ||u[nderline] |
When Caldera had transferred DR-DOS to its branch company Caldera Thin Clients, which renamed itself into Lineo in , the browser was referred to under the name Embrowser. Since , the Linux port of the browser was called Embedix Browser.
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