I almost always have a installation on my oldest computer that runs something with commandline oly. I had minix without x. debian lenny and now it is a FreeBSD installation.
I use x in that and I have xfce installed but I boot into a console only. sometimes I dont start x other times i do. I use elinks as browser and nanao as texteditor. I mainly use my computers to learn programming.
or I use them to record music and I also have a single computer i use to wacth televison youtube and my ripped dvd collection.
it is the only one that is important to me that it has all the codecs installed.