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A Day without X

Posted 01-22-2008 at 01:58 AM by amitsurana

X Server is the backbone for Linux GUI. Every user impigne on X for its day-to-day work. X provides you with everything that you need for Browsing, Chatting, Watching Movies, Using ur favourite s/w to Listen Music.

Just Imagine a "Day Without X Server", using Command Line Interface (CLI) for all your day work. Don't worry there are a lots of CLI based softwares that makes you browse net, chat with your friends, watch movies, etc etc stuffs...

Folowing are a list of CLI based tools that does all tasks which X do.

Web Browsing:
Browsing web pages without X has been a real problem for all the users, especially while using Text Based Browsers which does not support CSS, Ajax. There are a range of decent CLI Browsers available, viz. Elinks, Lynx.

If you are a gmail user like me, you are in luck. Google has a javascript-less version of their interface which actually works beautifully in Elinks. Another helpful tool is Mutt which supports most mail systems.

There are many softwares that lets you chat in CLI. Configuring them is pretty easy too. Few of the chat clients I used were Centericq, Naim. If you are a gmail user then I suggest you to try freetalk. For viewing RSS feeds you 've Raggle for your service. Its basically written in Ruby.

Viewing Images:
zgv is the console based software that provides you with functionality of seeing images in CLI. The Image quality may degrade a little.

Watching Video:
mplayer and vlc can be better options to see videos of any format. Be it mpeg, avi, divx, wmv. mplayer provides a big list of options that can manipulate the video. "frame buffer" device is used for playing vids.

For playing music mp3blaster is a good choice. You can also use cplay
I 'll go for mp3blaster. It is just an amazing tool. Lets you create and load playLists easily, along with a number of options.

Text Editing:
Vim and Emacs -- I need not mention about them. Every Linux user knows about them.

Windows Management:
Yes! you got it right. Its WINDOWS management in CLI. I came accross in some Linux distro. It had a tool called TWIN pre-installed. Its pretty neat and clean. Though working might be bit tricky. TWIN stands for Terminal Windows Management.

Now you can gladly spend a day without X. :)

Source: Combined bits-n-pieces of info available from net.
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