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Linux rulez!

I'll try to minimize the Linux is good, Windows sucks as much as I can. Still, I love Linux. I could go on for hours, but I won't (if you wanna be convinced, check out one of the many other Linux-sites.)
On this page, I'll just go over some of the great programs I've been using.

Note: Don't be scared by the (red) colors. It's just how I customized everything. Default colors are usually bluish/better.


Screen in action

Let's start with the app that ties everything together, like a console desktop environment or something: screen! A must-have, with lots of great features which makes working with console applications a true pleasure. Here's an introduction to some of the coolest features:


Mutt screenshot

Mutt is the perfect email client. Featuring everything you'll ever want. It's very configurable, advanced (but not hard at all, even my sister - a non-linux user - uses and likes it) and stable.

Also: procmail, fetchmail... No inspiration to write something now...


BitchX screenshot

Irssi is a very decent IRC client. While it's slightly slower than BitchX (this was a flood-benchmark on a 486, so for normal use it's fast enough) it's much more stable. It actually has good support for multiple servers. Furthermore, it's modular (upgrade without restarting!) and highly configurable. Certainly the best client around.


CenterICQ screenshot

The best console IM client: CenterICQ. It not only supports ICQ (2000), but also Yahoo, MSN and AIM. It's got a nice interface, and is quite usable, although not completely done yet.

I myself am part of the centericq.de team.


w3m screenshot

w3m is a console web browser (so, text-only). Very good for your daily surfing (news sites and stuff). It's fast and plain, without all the fancy stuff like colors and exotic fonts. Just the contents thank you.

There's also w3m-img. This also displays images when you run w3m in X. Since you sometimes also want to see the pictures, but still want just a plain site, you may want to give this a try if you use a GUI. Screenshot of this site here.

IMHO, Links (another console browser) usually renders much better. Not only visually better, also it does a better job of rendering on-the-fly. Unfortunately, controls royally suck (imo of course). It sticks to the old Lynx: selecting only next/previous link, and going up or down nothing less than a whole page. Too bad :(

As graphical client, I totally adore Galeon. Based on Mozilla (but faster), with a very clean interface and the best features of any browser I know.


My latest version of the Midnight Commander

Good old Norton Commander, which I've always used (Windows Commander lately). With extremely good shells like bash there's of course less need for it, but it still proves very handy for certain tasks.

This also happens to be the first program for which I've written patches. Compared to wincmd I still find a few things missing. It'll take a while before they'll be merged though (new stable mc first).


L3370 text-editor. It takes a little effort to get used to it (it's quite different from your average (improved) Notepad), but is quite cool once you get to know it.

Misc stuff

Fortune grab


A simple program that displays a random quote. Many many fortune quotes available, for example chalkboard quotes from the Simpsons. Always good to read a fortune before starting the day.

RUptime grab

RUptime | RWho(D)

Reads the uptimes of all boxes on the LAN running an RWhoD. This server is also available for Windows. With one glance i can see whether my parents have gone to bed yet..

Little note: too bad it's not an active project anymore. The latest version (0.17) seems to have a bug with with forwarding (rwhod -f), while BSD doesn't support this at all. The old 0.10 Debian release works flawlessly though (check the neat ruptime list at shiar.net.