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    Question Minimalist Terminal/Console Desktop?

    I'm basically looking for a 'desktop' that run in a terminal environment. Still has the basic functions of a desktop but doesn't use X.

    I could probably settle for a low-resource one that uses X but would rather not.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Minimalist Terminal/Console Desktop?

    Hi TheForkOfJustice.

    If you are considering X as an option, take a look at Xmonad and Awesome.

    You could get a minimal text mode install using the minimal CD, and then install the desktops (both on the repos btw).

    Just my thoughts.
    Regards.

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    Re: Minimalist Terminal/Console Desktop?

    screen is what you want. Load the minimal install then install screen.
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    Re: Minimalist Terminal/Console Desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheForkOfJustice View Post
    I'm basically looking for a 'desktop' that run in a terminal environment. Still has the basic functions of a desktop but doesn't use X.

    I could probably settle for a low-resource one that uses X but would rather not.

    Any suggestions?
    You have already received some tips how to do it. Please describe what you want to do with the system: give us more details of

    - the tasks you want to perform,
    - tools you want to use, and
    - what computer it is, or computers there are!

    Then we can give you more specific advice.

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    Re: Minimalist Terminal/Console Desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    You have already received some tips how to do it. Please describe what you want to do with the system: give us more details of

    - the tasks you want to perform,
    - tools you want to use, and
    - what computer it is, or computers there are!

    Then we can give you more specific advice.
    They gave me all I needed to know. I just wanted to test out some very minimalist desktops and they delivered. It's information that may come in handy in the future.

    Thanks all.

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    Re: Minimalist Terminal/Console Desktop?

    Urxvt + tmux and any tiling WM (awesome, xmonad, spectrwm etc.)

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