Bonus: Text-only with Musca and X

Usually I don’t bother running text-only systems under X, because I really don’t have much love for Xorg in general. I consider it a necessary evil. 👿

But every now and again I get an itch to use Musca again, and to make sure I still know how to install a graphical system. 😉 So here’s something for you to scrutinize.


As you can tell by the fine print in the image, that is not the Solo. That’s another machine I keep on hand, for … um … what the heck is that machine for? I’ve forgotten.

Anyways, it’s always good to have a spare. 🙄

6 thoughts on “Bonus: Text-only with Musca and X

  1. CorkyAgain

    “I consider it a necessary evil.”

    Yeah. I still haven’t figured out how to get elinks (or links -g) to work with the online sites for my bank and my broker. So whenever it’s time to work on my finances, I have to fire up xorg.

    When I do, I’m running openbox or musca.

    If I were more hardcore about running in textmode only, I’d change banks and get a new broker. 😛

  2. Gutterslob

    Isn’t Musca a dead project? Not that it’s a bad WM or anything. Just wondering if it’s getting any more development, since it’s been ages since I last tried it, or even heard/read someone mention it.

    1. K.Mandla Post author

      Dead or stalled, probably yes. As far as I could tell, it hasn’t seen any updates in a while. I see bug reports on Launchpad dated 2011, but that’s not a clear indication of what work has been done.

      I got into musca when I was working with machines with less than 32Mb of memory. It’s extremely lightweight and has fairly intuitive keyboard commands, which made it much easier for me to adopt. Aside from that and Awesome2 and dvtm, I don’t have a lot of favorites in the tiling window manager category.

      (A few people have mentioned Herbsluftwm, which I’ll try to take a look at sometime.)

      1. CorkyAgain

        If I remember correctly, the musca developer has started a new window manager project. The new one is still a tiling window manager, but does some things very differently. I looked at it briefly, but it didn’t seem as intuitive to me as musca did, so I never followed up on it.

      2. K.Mandla Post author

        Thanks, I’ll have to hunt it down. I am flexible and brave, I can learn a new window manager. … 😆

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