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    Linu (Linux without X) a List of CLI softwares

    After hours and hours of reading the "A day without X" And research all the software that is mention in the post I come up with this list.

    However, there is still a few thing I would like to ask/un-clear:

    Is there a good CLI Latex software?
    Can imagemagick be run completely without X?

    And at the end, if you get anything good software that you think is useful that is not listed out. Please post it out.

    Thanks and enjoy

    Linu (Linux without X)

    CLI Softwares

    Accessoris:
    eSpeak - text to speech app
    Abook - a text-based addressbook program designed to use with mutt mail client
    Antiword - a reader for proprietary Microsoft Word documents.
    Live-F1 - a Linux client for viewing the information feed of the offical F1 site
    bc - (calculator)
    gnuplot - a command-line Program generate 2D/3D dimensinal plots of functions and data
    FBGrab - a framebuffer screenshot program
    Fbshot - a small program that allows you to take screenshots
    pdf2ascii - PDF to ascii software
    GNU Oleo - a lightweight free spreadsheet software package.
    SC - spreadsheet calculatior
    vim-latexsuite - Latex plugin to VIM

    Games:
    BSD-Games - a collection of the classic text based games
    gnuchess - let most moden computer play a full game of chess
    Netris - a free, networked variant of Tetris
    NetHack - a single-player roguelike computer game originally released in 1987
    Slash'EM - (Super Lotsa Added Stuff Hack - Extended Magic)
    ADOM - a roguelike game
    Linley's Dungeon Crawl - a free and portable roguelike game
    Angband - a dungeon-crawling roguelike computer game derived from Umoria

    Graphic:
    zgv - a picutre viewer with a thumbnail-based file selector
    fbida - a few app for viewing/editing images (fbi, fbgs, ida, exiftran, thumbnail.cgi)
    imagemagick - a software suite for image manipulation
    Internet:
    ELinks - Full-Featured Text WWW Browser
    Lynx - a text browswer for the World Wide Web
    Links - The WWW Text Browser
    Links2 - provides a fas graphics browser that run on Linux console
    w3m - a text-based web browser as well as a pager like `more' or `less'
    Mutt - E mail client
    Mlmo - a feature-rich, highly configurable and fast mail client
    Pine - a Program for Internet News & Email
    Freetalk - a console based Jabber client
    Naim - a console AIM, ICQ, IRC, and Lily CMC client
    IRSSI - terminal based IRC client for UNIX systerms
    BitlBee - an IRC instant messaging gateway Licensed under GPL
    Finch - the console client that comes with the Linux Pidgin Package
    MCabber - a free software client for the Jabber/XMPP instant messging protocol
    Centericq - a text mode menu- and window-driven instant messaging interface
    CenterIM - a fork of CenterICQ
    gaim-text - a text based user interface for Gaim
    Ekg2 - an IM client for Unix systems
    Raggle - a console RSS aggregator
    newsbeuter - a RSS feed reader for the text console
    Podget - a simple command line aggregator for podcasts
    BashPodder - a podcast client written in bash
    Snownews - a console RSS/RDF newsreader
    rTorrent - a BitTorrent client
    MLDonkey - a multi-platform multi-network peer-to-peer client.
    Wget - a program implements simple and powerful content retrieval from web servers Lftyp - a command-line file transfer program(FTP client)
    NcFTP - the first alternative FTP client program
    Ethereal - a network traffic analyzer, or "sniffer", for Unix
    cURL - a command line tool for transferring files with URL syntax
    IPTraf - a console-based network statistic utility for Linux
    Cryptcat - a version of netcat with integrated transport encryption capabilities

    Programming:
    VIM - an advanced text editor
    Emacs - an extensible, customizable text editor and more
    ncurses - a library providing an API, allowing the programmer to write TUI
    Charva - a Java framework for presenting a "graphical" user interface
    Media:
    MPlayer - a movie player which runs on many systems
    VLC - a free cross-platform media player
    Cplay - a music player offers high quality audio playback of media files
    MPD - Music Player Daemon (MPD) is a database-using music player server
    MPC - Music Player Command (mpc), the command line interface to MPD
    ncmpc - a curses client for the MPD
    Mp3blaster - a mp3 player for computers running a UNIX-like operating system
    MOC - a console audio player for Linux/UNIX
    cmus - a small and fast console audio Player
    Herrie - a minimalistic music player that use command line.
    Orpheus - a light-weight text mode menu and window-driven audio player app for CDs
    ABCDE - a CD ripper for Linux operated entirely from the command line
    BashBurn - a collection of scripts for CD burning in a Linux console
    shell-fm - a lightweight console based player for Last FM radio steams.
    lastBASH - a console/terminal based player for Last.fm
    tagger of lltag - a frontend to tag (and rename) mp3/ogg/flac files automagically.
    ogg123 - a command line audio player for Unix
    mpg123 - a fast, free, minimalist, console MPEG audio player

    System tool:
    GNU Screen - a free terminal multiplexer developed by the GNU Project
    Midnight Commander - a file manager for free operating systems
    Vifm - a ncurses based file manager with vi like keybindings
    dvtm - brings the concept of tiling window mangament popularized by X11 to the console
    Twin - a textmode window environment
    fdisk - hard disk partition table editor programs
    gpart - a software utility which scans a hard disk drive
    LVM - a logical volume manger for the Linux kernel
    alsamixer - the mixer program for the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
    bmom - a portable bandwidth monitor and rate estimator
    Multitail - a program for monitoring multiple log files
    rdup - a utilty inspired by rsync and the plan9 way of doing backups

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    Re: Linu (Linux without X) a List of CLI softwares

    I can safely say that twin + gpm is amazing.
    I prefer oleo to sc (easier to use)
    undecided on web browsers, most of them suck with today's webpages, but elinks is prolly the best.
    irssi pwns all, but I can't figure out naim or finch or any of the such.
    I thus can't find any decent IM clients.
    (I haven't tried ekg2 yet, but their entire wiki is in Polish...)
    I got the dvtm package from git, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to use it, and twin is perfectly fine (though not as clean).
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    Re: Linu (Linux without X) a List of CLI softwares

    Quote Originally Posted by zmjjmz View Post
    irssi pwns all, but I can't figure out naim or finch or any of the such.
    I thus can't find any decent IM clients.
    Finch is easy to use, try the man pages?

    For another great app, try: splitvt

    (Splits terminal)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaRoza View Post
    Finch is easy to use, try the man pages?
    DURRRRR
    Ok, I feel really stupid now. Nonetheless, it looks weird in twin.


    Splitvt looks cool, I could use some more fiddling.
    EDIT: Ok, so you use ctrl-W for switching. Cool, but it'd be nicer to have more terms.
    Last edited by zmjjmz; June 19th, 2008 at 03:54 AM.
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    Re: Linu (Linux without X) a List of CLI softwares

    I would add

    bastet - games (perversly nasty form of tetris)
    aptsh - system tools (the apt shell, combines apt-get, aptitude, dpkg, apt-cache and has several features of its own)
    top - system tools (basic system monitor)
    atop - system tools (system monitor includes kernel functions)

    tried the no x on a laptop (compaq armada 7770dmt with 2GB hard drive and 48MB ram) but got to playing with it and found that even on that low of resources one can run linux with x and a light weight window manager (personally I use debian etch with fluxbox) and still be able to use it respectably, that is it is not blazing fast, but works for basic functions (reading files, typing, music, GIMP is a little slow but not unbearably so
    dosemu or dosbox - emulate dos functionality and run older (pre/non windows) programs

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    Re: Linu (Linux without X) a List of CLI softwares

    Quote Originally Posted by zmjjmz View Post
    EDIT: Ok, so you use ctrl-W for switching. Cool, but it'd be nicer to have more terms.
    You might want to read the man pages on that as well, it can be confusing

    I find it works well in the virtual terminals. How many times does one actually need to see more than two?

    Using screen with it just adds more.

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    Re: Linu (Linux without X) a List of CLI softwares

    Ooh I figured out dvtm (Mod = ctrl-g).
    Running splitvt with more splitvt and dvtm.
    This is insane, and to compound that I'm going to run twin in one of my dvtm consoles.
    EDIT: Doesn't work.
    EDIT2: I can't get fbgrab working D:
    EDIT3: I also can't get fbshot to work.
    Something about...
    Code:
    ioctl FBIOGET_VSCREENINFO
    with fbgrab
    Code:
    An error occured: ioctl FBIOGET_FSCREENINFO Invalid argument
    with fbshot
    Last edited by zmjjmz; June 20th, 2008 at 03:40 PM.
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    Re: Linu (Linux without X) a List of CLI softwares

    Quote Originally Posted by Ioky View Post
    Is there a good CLI Latex software?
    You've already got vim-latexsuite. Do you miss some feature?
    ...

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    Re: Linu (Linux without X) a List of CLI softwares

    Good list! 'most' is a great little pager app, much nicer than more or less. htop is a good alternative to top with more features.

    For heavy terminal usage I would also recommend dropping bash and switching to zsh, it's mostly a superset of bash's functionality but has a lot of cool extra features like spell-checking and a really smart context sensitive completion system.

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    Re: Linu (Linux without X) a List of CLI softwares

    Quote Originally Posted by Alasdair View Post
    For heavy terminal usage I would also recommend dropping bash and switching to zsh, it's mostly a superset of bash's functionality but has a lot of cool extra features like spell-checking and a really smart context sensitive completion system.
    Does it check commands? Like, if I meant to type in "trek" but I typed "terk" , would it correct that?
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