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<maintainer type="person">
<name>Jeroen Roovers</name>
<maintainer type="person">
<name>James Rowe</name>
<maintainer type="project">
<name>Proxy Maintainers</name>
<longdescription lang="en">
Surfraw provides 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 (,
w3m (, and screen(1) a Surfraw liberateur is
capable of navigating speeds that leave GUI tainted idolaters agape
with fear and wonder.