Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 22nd May 2007 03:43 UTC
General Unix Would you be able to survive one full day without using the X server? Linux offers us a wide assortment of CLI based tools which use curses and/or framebuffer for functional user interfaces. There is no reason why you shouldn't be able look up stuff online, read your email, look at pictures, watch movies and listen to music as you are trying to configure X.
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No X? Sure
by w-ber on Tue 22nd May 2007 12:10 UTC
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I'm already using almost exclusively console applications: mutt, lynx, ViM, {ogg,mpg}123, mplayer, and the like. I have a Matrox G450, so matroxfb and the framebuffer console work very nicely: good for watching movies and viewing images. I don't edit photographs, and for text documents, I use LaTeX exclusively. One can even view PDF documents in framebuffer console with fbgs.

Do I still use X? Yes. The reasons are twofold:
- It's more convenient to have several or dozens of console sessions open. I could use GNU screen, and I sometimes do, but dwm is a comfortable solution.
- Some websites I use daily simply do not work with lynx, links, or elinks. This is sad, and I have to resort to Firefox.

Lynx is actually more convenient to use than Firefox, believe it or not. Having said this, people will no doubt point me to all Firefox plugins that allow me to navigate pages with ViM keys, add numbers next to each link and textfield (and one can then follow the link by typing in the number), and allow me to edit textfields with ViM, not the built-in editor. Lynx has one more advantage: it's superfast in rendering pages. Of course, this has to do with lack of image, CSS, and Javascript support...

Could yes live without X? Sure. Does it make sense? Not really, unless you are running on ancient hardware (such as a 486).

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