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Old 10-21-2003, 01:37 PM   #1
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Thumbs up text based desktop

hi there, ive got a question.

Anybody knows if there is a text based desktop like the old Pascalīs Turbo Vision??? the reason is that many old computers cannot work with the heavy desktops like kde or gnome.
(ive tried once with and old pentium 1 with 32 ram and it just died when kde started. the screen only got black)

text mode is cool anyway!!

thanks in advance

Old 10-21-2003, 01:48 PM   #2
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Don't know about text mode but you can try a lighter desktop like fluxbox or XFce which might work instead of the resource hogs KDE and Gnome... etc.
Old 10-21-2003, 01:54 PM   #3
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There is twin and screen. Where later doesn't define itself as a window manager.

You could also try something more lightweght windowmanagers like ion, ratpoison or fvwm2.
Old 10-21-2003, 02:47 PM   #4
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I'm not at my Linux box right now to get the exact name but there is an app called something like midnight commander or mc, its alot like the old norton commander. It opens a text/curses based file system that takes commands.
Old 10-21-2003, 03:49 PM   #5
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Twin looks really cool. Man, I wish I had the wisdom to write a commodore C64 desktop like for Linux
Old 10-21-2003, 11:21 PM   #6
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claims to run a GUI on 32MB RAM.

Otherwise, your own shellscript menus?
Use Midnight Commander or Pilot (Pine, Pico, Pilot) as file managers.
There are other choices.
Old 10-21-2003, 11:52 PM   #7
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Originally posted by 2damncommon
claims to run a GUI on 32MB RAM.
Claims? You don't believe them? Yeah, I ran Vector with a GUI on 32MB. It was Vector 3.2, though - I haven't tried SOHO or 4.0.

If you don't *want* a TUI but want a GUI, tell everybody your specs and people will come up with stuff.
Old 10-21-2003, 11:55 PM   #8
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Well since YMMV I say "claims".
And not everyone will be happy with what they get, even though I consider it quite an acomplishment.
Old 10-22-2003, 01:27 AM   #9
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Originally posted by 2damncommon
claims to run a GUI on 32MB RAM.
32MB of ram is a lot. didnt win3.1 run on like 4MB and win95 runs on 16MB?

it's not 2 far fetched. window managers are very light weight for the most part.


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