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OSNews: Throw That GUI Out the Door: Console Applications That Shine

Jan 20, 2004, 13:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Rippee)

"As I have recently discovered, with the right applications, ditching the GUI and using the console exclusively can be a pleasure. By knowing which console applications will suit your needs the best you can achieve efficiency in a console environment that rivals that of a GUI. With well designed ncurses interfaces many console applications are extremely usable and working in a console environment can not only free up precious resources it can also provide several other benefits that will be discussed later in this article...

"When exploring the idea of continuing existence without your favorite Desktop Environment you must examine what your needs are when using your computer. If you are a graphic designer, working exclusively in the console is obviously out of the questions, but for many Linux users operating there computer in a console environment is a very realistic, even enjoyable, solution. Since I had an older computer lying around I decided to use it as a file and web server a couple of years back. Later, when working on my primary machine I got tired of distractions like people instant messaging me and other temptations like messing with mp3's, etc. so I decided to move these applications to the older computer..."

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