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Old 06-11-2005, 02:02 AM   #16
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If you have to do heavy compiling, the processor is important - otherwise, the RAM is the factor.
A good thing to do with low-end systems is to examine how much you actually need X - the graphical part of things.
Documents can be edited and typeset with LaTeX in Vim - you can listen to music with Mp3Blaster. Mutt is actually a brilliant mail client, and a lot of sites can be viewed with less crap with Links.
I heard that MPlayer will stream from framebuffer without starting X.
I am not saying that you shouldn't be using X, I am just saying that I personally only start X roughly half the times I use the system. I do a lot of homepages in Vim.
 
Old 06-11-2005, 06:19 AM   #17
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you can watch a video using mplayer without x?
 
  


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