You consider something that runs under Cygwin/X to be minimal. Riiight. So, you have the overhead of Win32, your own X-server, and then
you get to your program. Maybe I'm missing something, but I'll bet that if you compare total resource usage, you'll find that Firefox and Links are going to be comparable.
Being right, does not endow the right to be rude; politeness costs nothing.
Being unknowing, is not the same as being stupid.
Expressing a contrary opinion, whether to the individual or the group, is more often a sign of deeper thought than of cantankerous belligerence.
Do not mistake your goals as the only goals; your opinion as the only opinion; your confidence as correctness. Saying you know better is not the same as explaining you know better.