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December 14th, 2006, 09:00 PM
Ok. So, I'm making yet another ubuntu for another DE, but with a slight difference. No DE.

I'm going to call it cubuntu (commandline ubuntu).

What I need to know is, what programs would you want in a commandline-only ubuntu system?

So far, i've thought of:
cplay (a music player, a bit like rythmbox) + mp3, ogg etc extentions
links2 (a web browser)
emacs (a text editor)
tinyirc (an irc client)

So what else do you think I need?

December 14th, 2006, 09:13 PM

vim. (a better text editor)

mutt. (e-mail)

raggle. (rss aggregator)

slrn. (a newsreader. you know, for usenet. wait, kids, come back...)

December 14th, 2006, 09:24 PM

vim. (a better text editor)

mutt. (e-mail)

raggle. (rss aggregator)

slrn. (a newsreader. you know, for usenet. wait, kids, come back...)


Does anyone know of any good commandline games?

December 14th, 2006, 09:34 PM
nethack. dopewars.

December 14th, 2006, 09:40 PM
Elmo is a great command line email client.
I like nano for text.

I used to play a command line game called "Galaxy Blaster" a long, long, time ago. It could probably be resurrected.

December 14th, 2006, 10:08 PM
Just install Ubuntu Server. It has no desktop and is pared down to the max (or is that min). It only takes 32 MB of memory in its basic state.

In my opinion, the best command line app is the command line itself. It allows you to do pretty much anything.

December 14th, 2006, 10:14 PM
This might give you some more ideas.


If it were me, I'd call it clubuntu, for command-line-ubuntu. And by the way, the gNewSense (http://www.gnewsense.org) team has customizable scripts to recast their Ubuntu-based distro in whatever shape you prefer. You need a fast internet connection though, since you end up organizing about 27Gb of repositories. :shock:

December 14th, 2006, 10:35 PM
If you are looking for a command line live-cd without rolling your own distro, then I will suggest the SLAX Frodo Edition. It's pretty easy to customize with whatever programs you want. I find it real handy to have around.

December 14th, 2006, 10:39 PM
Thnaks for your replies, everyone! I'm on the final stage now - reading a howto on making an apt repository...

I think i'll include rtorrent and perhaps midnight commander.
gpm looks quite cool too. They might make version 0.2, which i'm making in about 5 minutes - half an hour after version 0.1 :)

December 14th, 2006, 10:52 PM
I like console games.

Empire (http://packages.ubuntu.com/edgy/games/empire) and Super Star Trek (http://almy.us/sst.html) are both great.

December 14th, 2006, 11:09 PM
Different Ubuntu's for different DE's are a good way for expanding your base. Wish you guys good luck.

December 14th, 2006, 11:12 PM
Can I just add that you could try fish instead of bash as the default shell...

Just nicer thats all...

Akthough bash is needed for scripts.