version 0.9 PUBLIC BETA

(c) 2003-2004, ysbox <[email protected]>

Port of the Links Hacked Project (030709 release), by Sergey Karpov 
<[email protected]>, a modified version of Links. Links is (c) 1999-2004 Mikulas 
Patocka, (c) 2000-2004 Karel Kulhavy, Petr Kulhavy, Martin Pergel.

The official LinksBoks site is:
The official links-hacked site is:
The official Links site is:


What is LinksBoks?

It's a fully fonctional WWW browser that runs natively on your Xbox, entirely 
controllable with the regular Xbox controller, for those who don't want/know how 
to run Linux on their console.

Its rendering engine is not as powerful as IE's or Mozilla's (no it doesn't 
support CSS or the latest eyecandies), but it should be more than enough for 
your casual browsing.

LinksBoks is a straight port of the Links2 browser. The version I have chosen is 
Sergey Karpov's "hacked" version, which adds a number of neat features (tabbed 
browsing, options manager, etc., see the site above).

How do I install it?

If you have a binary version, just copy the contents of the archive somewhere on 
your hard drive and launch default.xbe.

If you have the source version, you can compile it by loading LinksBoks.sln in 
Visual Studio (you must have the XDK). It should hopefully compile out-of-the-
box. Then copy the resulting LinksBoks.xbe along with the Media directory 
somewhere and launch LinksBoks.xbe.

There is no configuration file to edit in order to make LinksBoks run the first 
time you try it. It should adapt automatically to your configuration (see 

- VIDEO CONFIGURATION: The program detects your video standard and choose an 
appropriate supported resolution ([email protected] for PAL, [email protected] for NTSC 
and PAL-60). The HDTV modes (480p, 720p, 1080i) are supported but untested as I 
don't have the equipment. There are black margins to compensate overscan, please 
tell me if they're not adapted to your TV set. They will eventually be 
modifiable at will in a future release.

- NETWORK CONFIGURATION: In order to browse the Web, you must have your network 
settings properly set up, especially the gateway and the DNS server(s). 
**LINKSBOKS DOES NOT CHANGE THOSE SETTINGS**. That means it will use the 
settings your dashboard has configured. So make sure you can access the Internet 
from your dashboard before running LinksBoks. If you are able to get RSS 
newsfeeds for example, you shouldn't have any problem with LinksBoks.

How do I use it ?

First, let's see the input modes: there are 2 main input modes in LinksBoks. You 
can toggle the input mode by using the BACK button on your controller.


This mode is used to navigate through menus, dialog 
boxes and (of course) Web pages. You should see a mouse pointer in this mode. 
The available controls in Navigation Mode are:
	o left thumbstick	Move the mouse pointer
	o A button		"left" (regular) click
	o X button		"right" click (contextual menus...)
	o right thumbstick	Scroll page
	o Black button		Bookmark manager
	o White button		Go to URL dialog
	o Left/right triggers	Previous page/Next page
	o Directional pad	Mapped to arrow keys on the keyboard
				(usually to navigate between links)
	o START button		Mapped to the Return key
				(validate forms, dialogs, etc.)


This mode is used to input text. Make sure you can input text 
before using this mode (LinksBoks does not automatically guess it yet).

The input method is quite different from the virtual keyboards you are used to. 
I know some of you will hate it. I chose it because it takes up minimal space on 
the screen, and while it'll be uncomfortable at first, you'll eventually get 
used to it soon and you'll be able to type text faster!

You can see 8 groups of characters at each corner of the screen. You have to 
direct the left thumbstick in the appropriate direction (you should see the key
mapping thingie move there), then press the A, B, X or Y button to get the 
character you want.

There are additional mappings in Text Input mode:
	o Black button		Show the keypad.
				The keypad is used to enter numbers. When in 
				keypad mode, use the A button to enter the 
				desired number, B for Backspace, X for Delete. 
				The d-pad and the START button keep their 
				mappings. Press the Black button again to exit 
				the keypad.
	o Left/right triggers	Hold to input majuscules or symbols.
	o Directional pad	Mapped to the arrow keys on the keyboard
				(navigate through text)
	o START button		Mapped to the Return key
				(validate forms, dialogs, etc.)

Ok, now how do I *really* use it?

On the top of your screen you have the menu/tool bar. There are 5 icons by 
default, respectively Back/Forward/Reload/Bookmark Manager/Stop. The URL of the 
current page is also displayed. If you "click" on the bar (not on the icons), it
will change into a menu bar. There are several useful menu options, for example 
Setup>Options Manager (English menus) where you can tweak most of the browser's 
apparence and behaviour.

You can open pages in new tabs (also sometimes called new windows), for example 
by "right-clicking" on a link and choosing the "Open in new window" option. When 
2 tabs or more are present, they are displayed on the bottom part of the screen, 
just above the status bar.

How do I edit my bookmarks?

When you start Links for the first time, there is no bookmarks file. Fire up the 
Bookmark Manager by pressing the Black button. You can see several default 
bookmarks are already present.

In order to have a bookmark file created, you must change this list of 
bookmarks, by adding/editing/removing/moving one of them. LinksBoks will then 
create a bookmark.html file in its directory. This is a HTML file, you can edit 
it with any text editor on your PC. This HTML file is parsed on startup, so make 
sure you understand its syntax or LinksBoks will not boot! (According to the 
comment in it, you shouldn't be editing it by hand anyway ;)

Other created files

LinksBoks will create a number of files in its working directory. You can safely 
delete these files, for example the cookies and globhist files in order to 
protect your privacy. They will be re-created when needed.

Some tips

- If the text is too small for you, you can change its size in the Options 
Manager, separately for the menus and the document. You can even change the 
menu's colors, try it!

- If you're behind a proxy, you can configure it in the Options Manager too. I 
haven't tested that, any feedback would be appreciated.

Last word, license, acknowledgements...

Congratulations, if you've read through this entire boring README file, you know 
all you need to know about LinksBoks! Happy browsing! :)

I hope you will have as much fun using it as I had porting it.

May I insist on the fact that:

  This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
  it under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2, as
  published by the Free Software Foundation.

  This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
  but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
  GNU General Public License for more details.

That means among other things you have to release the entire sources of your 
program under the GPL if it is based on LinksBoks or include it. Please respect 
that and be a good supporter of free software.

I apologize for any English errors you may have encountered in this file.

I'll finish by giving my many thanks to:

- the original Links authors at Twibright Labs for their great piece of
- Sergey Karpov for links-hacked;
- Sven Neumann for the DirectFB graphics driver on which I have based mine;
- Jakub "Jimmac" Steiner for his cute mouse pointer (which comes from Gnome);
- and of course the countless people who make the Xbox more than a regular
  console: they know who they are and you should too.