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Thread: Are you a Linux geek, using Linux without X?

  1. #21
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    Re: Are you a Linux geek, using Linux without X?

    i ran minix on my old computer without x and just stared at it as i did not know what to do next. does that meak me a linux geek?

  2. #22
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    Re: Are you a Linux geek, using Linux without X?

    I do use X, most of the time I have it running, although most of the programs I use are text-based (Irssi, rtorrent, cmus, etc...), so if I only want to torrent a file for example, I don't start X, since I can do it in CLI with rtorrent.

  3. #23
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    Re: Are you a Linux geek, using Linux without X?

    My Thinkpad runs without X, except in emergencies. For those extremely rare cases, it has an install of LXDE set to roll.

    As for browsing, I use elinks.
    Desktop: Custom - AMD Athlon X4 Quadcore 4.02GHz, 8GB DDR3, 750GB HDD, 500GB HDD, Win7 x64/Ubuntu 14.04 x64
    Laptop: Thinkpad T61 - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.00GHz, 4GB DDR2, 500GB HDD, Win7 x86/Ubuntu 14.04 x86

  4. #24
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    Re: Are you a Linux geek, using Linux without X?

    Quote Originally Posted by sunchiqua View Post
    CLI versions are for servers, not desktop PC's at home
    Sure, if bloatware is something you enjoy. Know about cplay + mpg321 for mp3s?

    Mplayer can use the framebuffer from the console for video playback, as well.

    Truthfully, although I use X, Firefox and the ability to cut and paste between Eterms are the only two reasons why.

    I must say, however, that the results of this poll are encouraging. It seems that there are a few people here at least, who are in rehab as far as the GUI addiction is concerned. That is cause for optimism.

  5. #25
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    Re: Are you a Linux geek, using Linux without X?

    Every now and then I log in to init3 when I am on limited battery power and just want to program, but X is so much nicer just to have multiple transparent terminal emulators - if for nothing else.

  6. #26
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    Re: Are you a Linux geek, using Linux without X?

    Quote Originally Posted by petrus4 View Post
    Sure, if bloatware is something you enjoy. Know about cplay + mpg321 for mp3s?
    Graphics = bloatware? Give me a break.
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  7. #27
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    Re: Are you a Linux geek, using Linux without X?

    Dunno why you want to lose X. How could I run multiple xterms easily, and work on multiple servers without it? Screen? I don't think so

  8. #28
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    Re: Are you a Linux geek, using Linux without X?

    Quote Originally Posted by petrus4 View Post
    Sure, if bloatware is something you enjoy. Know about cplay + mpg321 for mp3s?

    Mplayer can use the framebuffer from the console for video playback, as well.

    Truthfully, although I use X, Firefox and the ability to cut and paste between Eterms are the only two reasons why.

    I must say, however, that the results of this poll are encouraging. It seems that there are a few people here at least, who are in rehab as far as the GUI addiction is concerned. That is cause for optimism.
    I'm not addicted to GUI - I always have several tty's running in background and I don't mind working with command line interface, but when it comes to speed and ease of use, GUI is a must ( ref. @ sig - 'people have different needs' ).

  9. #29
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    Arrow Re: Are you a Linux geek, using Linux without X?

    screen - manage multiple text mode applications on one virtual terminal
    moc - will play mp3, ogg & flac, with playlists, detachable front-end, etc.
    links2 - browse the net in text mode, or even with graphics without X
    irssi - chat on IRC in text mode
    centerim-utf8 - text mode instant messenger (MSN, Jabber, Yahoo..!)
    rtorrent - p2p downloads and uploads via text mode
    wodim/cdrecord - what your fancy GUI front-ends use to really burn CDs
    mplayer - also plays video on the command line
    mutt - email from the command line
    fbi - view pictures from the command line
    camE - use your web camera from the command line
    htop - manage your processes via the command line
    mc - a text mode dual pane file manager with ftp support, plus many many more features
    nano/emacs - edit simple text files on the command line
    latex - write documents that look more professional than anything OO or MSOffice produces, from the command line...

    This is just from the top of my hat. Who needs X, seriously?
    Last edited by blueturtl; September 14th, 2009 at 05:48 PM. Reason: grammar

  10. #30
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    Re: Are you a Linux geek, using Linux without X?

    i boot into cli, (Fluxbox away!) but eventually i need pictures from a graphical web browser, or watch a movie (don't have cable). not much of an "eye-candy" thing, just a media thing. and i don't know how to keep mplayer playing a song in the background. the ease of multiple terminals on screen is good, too.

    plus, i can't figure out how to switch left control and caps in the cli on boot, which gets frustrating. i hope to increase my time spent in cli, though

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