A day without X

As good as one can get using the Linux command line, it is often a lot easier to perform certain tasks using a graphical interface than it is with the good old command line.

If you are a command line junkie, though, have you ever wondered whether it might be possible to a whole day without using any graphical tools?

Well that is exactly what Luke at Terminally Incoherent has explored in a very interesting article. Definitely worth a read if you're interested in that sort of thing!

Would you be able to survive one full day without using the X server? Linux offers us a wide assortment of CLI based tools which use curses and/or framebuffer for functional user interfaces. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be able look up stuff online, read your email, look at pictures, watch movies and listen to music as you are trying to configure X.

I was inspired by this post on Motho ke motho ka botho and decided to compile a list of useful command line applications myself. I will break them down into categories so that we can cover all the bases. If I’m missing something, or if I omitted some cool applications please let me know.

You can read the article here - http://www.terminally-incoherent.com/blog/2007/05/21/a-day-without-x/

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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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