Objectives [Page 2 of 6]
The democratization of internet information access
The vast information resources available across the Web,very often get underused because of the ficticioushardware (HW) and software (SW)requirements some selling companies try to impose.

On the other hand, organizations and companies that want to deliver(or provide) informative contents, don’t try to encumber them underpropietary technologies that may challenge the user.

Dillo serves as a tool for browsing all of those sites, quickly,comfortably and efficiently, and keeping the hardware & softwarerequirementsconstant on the user side.

That way, a person with an old computer, handheld or PDA, and a simple dialup connection can get informed quite well.

Personal security and privacy
Monitoring of Web activities, information gathering, profiling andspecially spying web-surfer’s habits has become a valuable targetpursued by some organizations with obscure methodologies.

One step further are those trying to collect emails (for SPAM),account/passwords pairs (for impersonation), and creditcard information (for fraud).

Even more, some times the user’s own web browser can act as a “trojan horse” that happily collects information from the user’sprivate files, or configuration places, to later send it tospecific data-collector servers.

This is generally done by:

  • Programming the browser to do it
  • With hidden code inside the browser binary
  • Abusing of cookies technology

Currently Dillo avoids those threats by:

Being Free Software in the terms of the GPL

Anyone can study its source code, so there’s no place for hidden trojans inside.

Not allowing browser programming from the outside.

It is certainly very attractive to let foreign programs run on the local computer, but that means that anyone can program your computer. This doesn’t happen with Dillo.

Not sending any private data to the net.

Unless explicitly commanded by the user, Dillo will not silently send any personal data as default behaviour.

Having a strict cookies policy and being RFC-2965 compliant

Dillo denies all cookies by default, but the user can customize this behaviour on a fine grained basis for specific sites.
As an aditional protection, dillo observes every anti-abuse suggestion in the RFC-2965.

Note that this is only the iceberg’s tip; a lot more can be said… ( for instance)

High software efficiency
Efficiency in these three main areas:


On the construction of the graphical representation of the page (rendering),
gathering of the page’s components from the net (networking),
and user interface response.

Low hardware requirements

On CPU (processing power),
main memory (RAM),
and hard disk usage.


Becoming a powerful tool by doing the job well and quickly.