[SATLUG] Home uses for CLI
e2eiod at gmail.com
Sat Mar 28 12:56:51 CDT 2009
On 3/28/09, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com> wrote:
> Matt Graham wrote:
> > Hey Guys,
> > I successfully loaded xubuntu 8.04 on a laptop with not enough resources
> > run X. What are some practical home uses for a Linux
> > command line? For work I would have a pretty awesome console\telnet
> > but am struggling to fine a beneficial home use.
> Is it X that uses too many resources or Gnome? You can try a slimmer
> window manager. The slimmest that I know of is twm. Check that twm, xterm,
> and xclock are available and then set up X with:
> mv .xinitrc .xinitrc.backup
> cat > ~/.xinitrc << "EOF"
> # Begin .xinitrc file
> xterm -g 80x40+0+0 &
> xclock -g 100x100-0+0 &
> The interface is a little different, but you should be able to launch a
> browser. If that works, you can then try another lightweight window manager
> like metacity, fluxbox, or sawfish.
> -- Bruce
twm could be a real good way to go.
I always liked FVWM but that was a "look and feel" thing.
There are a lot more options at:
"Window Managers for X"
I read a lot of comments about people running Xfce on ubuntu.
Another option is the last great thing CLI did to be graphic:
"ncurses: Old School Interfaces"
Michael J. Hammel
Friday, November 15th, 2002
(this is the cached link URL. a subscription login was required for
the regular URL below)
(this link was found googling for "text ncurses based window manager")
Even if a system can’t provide raster graphics, there’s no reason it
can’t offer the convenience of windowed interfaces. Perhaps you’ve
never heard of it, or perhaps you’ve just forgotten about it — in any
case, the ncurses library lets you build windowed applications for
"ncurses" examples you may or may not be familiar with:
YaST and YaST2 on SuSE before Novell bought them.
Aptitude - an ncurses front-end for apt. (Synaptic is the X-based
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