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    Text-based system

    After tinkering with this machine for a few days, and seeing how miserable it was laboring under X but how perky it was without it, I began to wonder how much can be accomplished without a graphical system.

    As far as I can see, so long as you're not into photo editing or digital rendering, there are quite a few things that you can still get done without X and a GUI. mpd and/or mpc and/or ncmpc come to mind, for purposes of audio playback. There are links and w3m and the like for Web access -- sans images, of course. But that should be enough to check your email or read the news.

    So anyway ... the queestion is more or less distro-independent. If you have ideas for a text-based system and what you'd use on it, I would like to hear them.
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    Re: Text-based system

    irssi, fetchmail, procmail, msmtp, mutt, snownews, rtorrent, cmus, wget, mc, nano, vi, elinks, and hnb. All are in the repo's accept cmus which is here but mpd/ncmpc-svn is great too.

    Also if you use framebuffer you can use mplayer, image viewers like fbida and links with images.
    Last edited by croak77; September 19th, 2006 at 09:25 PM.

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    Re: Text-based system

    ^^ What he said, plus slrn. ^^
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    Re: Text-based system

    I forgot a couple I use, cdrecord, abcde, giftcurs, naim, lftp and netris.

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    Re: Text-based system

    You can use a program called MPlay, which gives you an Ncurses interface to Mplayer.

    Links2 gives you graphics through the framebuffer:

    sudo links2 -g -mode 1024x768x32K
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    Re: Text-based system

    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdalbum View Post
    Links2 gives you graphics through the framebuffer. ...
    Now that's slick. Any ideas on how to get the mouse to work? I'd hunt it down myself, but I have to get some sleep ...
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    Re: Text-based system

    Mouse should work if you have GPM running.

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    Re: Text-based system

    After finding that I liked Irssi, I've thought about installing some others apps to work from a terminal (partly just for fun) and found that IRC (with Irssi, of course), web browsing (with w3m - which is actually capable of displaying images in a suitable terminal - or others), and even BitTorrent (with rTorrent) were quite doable.

    I don't know about others since that's most of what I'd want to do (except music, but I can do basic operation of Amarok with keyboard shortcuts).

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    Re: Text-based system

    You should check out mpd and ncmpc it really pretty good. Has a great feature list.

    Code:
    Features
    Plays MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP4/AAC, Mod, and wave files
    Remotely control MPD over a network (IPv4 and IPv6 supported)
    Play MP3 and Ogg Vorbis streams
    Easy to Install
    Stores ID3 (id3v1 and id3v2) tag information (MP3s, FLAC's, and AAC's)
    Stores Vorbis Comments information (Ogg's and FLAC's)
    Stores MP4 metadata information (MP4/AAC's)
    ID3/Vorbis information can be searched
    Easy to import new songs
    Buffer support for playback (prevents skipping due to high load or network latency)
    Gapless playback (great for live albums)
    Crossfading support
    Seeking support
    Save, Load, and Manage Playlists (in m3u format)
    Volume control (OSS, Alsa, and software mixers)
    Wide range of audio devices supported (OSS, Alsa, Sun, esd, arts, and more)
    Minimal hardware requirements
    There's even a lastfm plugin too.

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    Re: Text-based system

    Hey, this links2 -g with gpm is AWESOME.

    But isn't it kind of, sort of, maybe ... cheating on a text-based system?

    What other framebuffer apps are there?
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