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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RE: Gee...
by ThanhLy on Tue 22nd May 2007 04:45 UTC in reply to "Gee..."
ThanhLy
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I thought that while I'm trying to configure X, I'd be trying to configure X.


Indeed. A more appropriate summary would say "while you compile X." This is true in the case of source-based distro users who compile everything. Although I never tried it, one method of installing Gentoo is to boot a live CD that has X Windows and a DE (Gnome/KDE, whatever you fancy) then go about extracting the stage tarball, chroot when you need to etc. You're already in a graphical desktop so you can surf or play games while you wait for packages to compile.

However the article is about CLI software, in which case I'd use one of the function keys to switch to another virtual terminal and use the CLI tools, if they were on the live cd.

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