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Old 06-15-2015, 11:27 AM   #1
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no x windows

Is there a forum for installing a Linux distribution that will connect to the internet
strictly from a command line screen. I am talking about having no GUI installed,
strictly running everything from the command prompt.
Old 06-15-2015, 11:30 AM   #2
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Why do you need a dedicated forum for that? Probably half the users here have at least one system they maintain that doesn't have X, and the vast majority of answers to questions posted here are command line instructions, due to portability across distributions.

Do you have any specific questions?

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Old 06-15-2015, 12:52 PM   #3
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Cli internet

@cigarband if you have an installation of linux with no X window (any distribution) that internet connection, now it depends on how you want to connect to the internet. are you getting a DHCP address? is it static? what distribution did you install? is it a physical hardware or you have it installed on a virtual machine (which needs to use the host's internet connection) ?, answer these questions among other questions so we know what you are trying to do that's not working. It typically goes down to providing the right setting for the interface that's connecting to the internet. lets know exactly what you have done/ trying to do first.

Like @suicidaleggroll said... virtually everyone here has some Linux machine with no X window somewhere.
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If you install Debian from a minimal netinstall ISO image and de-select the desktop environments, the installer will configure /etc/network/interfaces to bring up your connection automatically (according to the SSID & password entered during the installation process) in the absence of a GUI or NetworkManager.
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Old 06-16-2015, 06:35 PM   #6
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To harunaadoga , I was just inquiring if it is possible to install a Linus o/s that does not include a GUI of any kind. Obviously that is possible judging from your reply, and that is good news to me. I have come into possession of an old laptop so i thought i would try to
install a command line Linux o/s and use it for IRC. My current ISP uses a dynamic address, not sure if it is DHCP or not, From what "Head_on_a_Stick" advised in his post, I will use a Debian ISO and install it on my laptop, it is a Compaq Presario 1800T, Pentium 3
497MHz Ram 319. it has a 20gig HD. The device manager said it has an Intel 2143-Based PCI Fast Ethernet adapter (Generic) it also
has a PCMCIA adapter and USB port. A CD drive, AND a Floppy drive! I thought i'd get a PCMCIA or a usb wifi adapter and get everything working
before i wipe the xp and install Linux.

I hope this is the right forum for this subject
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If you need a USB adapter, I'd suggest taking a look at ThinkPenguin. Their stuff is guaranteed to work with Linux. I have one of the inexpensive USB wireless adapters and it works flawlessly with Slackware.

Full disclosure: I have no relationship with ThinkPenguin other than "satisfied customer."
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Network Manager can be run form the command line too,
and configured,
And you will need a "browser"
there is w3m
Lynx ,is another.
I have not tried this, but apparently you can run firefox, and maybe iceweasle from the commandline,
I do all my work on my website from the commandline, using ssh and sftp, it is cause the "control panel" my hosting uses really sucks,and is hard to use, slow.

Is there a forum for installing a Linux distribution that will connect to the internet strictly from a command line screen
Any linux distro can be run entirely or only from the commandline, to do that effeciantly you will need to learn the commands, and syntaxes ( not sure if I am wording that very well ), The installation , well you would need to follow the installation instructions,for what ever distro you decide to install. Most are going to have some kind of windows manager, desktop or gui, but you don't have to use them. Until you really know what you are doing, it would be wise to keep a "desktop" or "windows manager", so you have something you can use when you don't know the correct syntex to execute a command.
If you do some "" or google searches, you might find a forum dedicated to "commandline only" use and installations of linux. I don't know on that.

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Old 06-17-2015, 05:29 AM   #9
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It is perfectly feasable to install any of the main distros as a command line system.
I find the most useful programs to be mc (file manager/editor/etc), links2/lynx/w3m (web browser), mpg123/mp3blaster/moc (music player), those cover my major needs, along with ceni to help connect to the internet.

Hope that helps.


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