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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Short answer...
by Mukunda on Tue 22nd May 2007 03:56 UTC
Mukunda
Member since:
2006-11-05

Yes... Slightly less shorter answer, I used ratpoison for many months (yes this uses X I know) and was probably happier then using just commandline apps than I am using a full blown DE.

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RE: Short answer...
by jessta on Tue 22nd May 2007 07:55 in reply to "Short answer..."
jessta Member since:
2005-08-17

I used just CLI apps for a year on my old pentium I 233Mhz 64MB toshiba laptop in 2005.
I used:
elinks(web browser with tab support)
irssi+bitlbee(irc and IM)
zgv (for graphics viewing)
vim (text editing)
mutt (email)

Pretty much everything is doable, except interactive graphics editing and accessing broken websites.

The problem is that there are many broken websites with broken layouts and stupid uses of javascript or flash. With AJAX becoming more popular less and less sites are usable in elinks.

- Jesse McNelis

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RE[2]: Short answer...
by Morin on Tue 22nd May 2007 08:25 in reply to "RE: Short answer..."
Morin Member since:
2005-12-31

> Pretty much everything is doable, except interactive graphics editing
> and accessing broken websites.

Add websites with Flash *content* like Youtube (certainly not broken).

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RE[2]: Short answer...
by pandronic on Tue 22nd May 2007 11:12 in reply to "RE: Short answer..."
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

The problem is that there are many broken websites with broken layouts and stupid uses of javascript or flash. With AJAX becoming more popular less and less sites are usable in elinks.

It's called progress you know ...

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RE[2]: Short answer...
by Laurence on Tue 22nd May 2007 11:52 in reply to "RE: Short answer..."
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

"

Pretty much everything is doable, except interactive graphics editing and accessing broken websites.
"

I've edited pictures in a command line hex editor before. Not really practical, but doable none-the-less.

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RE[2]: Short answer...
by holywood on Tue 22nd May 2007 13:07 in reply to "RE: Short answer..."
holywood Member since:
2006-09-25

«Pretty much everything is doable, except interactive graphics editing and accessing broken websites. »

What about word processing and PDF ?

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RE[2]: Short answer...
by Doc Pain on Tue 22nd May 2007 23:28 in reply to "RE: Short answer..."
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

"The problem is that there are many broken websites with broken layouts and stupid uses of javascript or flash. With AJAX becoming more popular less and less sites are usable in elinks. "

Let me be more precise: With the improper use of "Flash" or AJAX, sites become inaccessible, especially for blind people who rely on having the valid HTML tags and attributes set (img alt, longdesc). Lynx et al. are good to test if your web site is barrier free. If it runs in a text mode browser, blind people can read it via a braille device. Actually, these devices transform characters (not images!) into "mechanical" sensory inputs a blind person can receive. Software that reads page content to the user works in a similar way. Actually, this is not done otherwise today.

Maybe, you could say: If a page is not receptable, it is not worth looking at... attention, provocant claim... :-)

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