This took me forever to figure out, but it turns out Spacemacs had cached a bunch of environment variables. One in particular, $XAUTHORITY, was making it so that qutebrowser wouldn't start. Manually editing my spacemacs env file and updating that variable fixed the problem.


The Spacemacs folks did it for some time on their homepage using Docker and Xpra, this thread explains the details: https://github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs/issues/8634


I don't have any experience with w3m, so I don't know how it compares, but I've found EWW to work OK for Wikipedia, so I occasionally use it for that. As for what it's good for: I use it to read/browse the OCaml and Coq documentation for which I find it works about as well as my browser with the advantage that it's actually faster and that I can navigate it ...

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