Linux GUI FAQ/tutorial?

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Fri Jan 22 02:22:19 UTC 2010

If debian flavors of Linux are under discussion, Linux has lots of good 
file managers for command line environment.  An install of alpine and 
alpine-pilot and pico gets alpine-pilot which is the file manager for the 
set.  Then there's dired which you don't even need to run emacs to use; 
can be run from command line too.  Then there's fd-clone and lfm as two 
other file managers.  None of these use twin windows and speak really 
badly like midnight commander (mc).On Thu, 21 Jan 2010, 
covici at wrote:

> I would say that emacs and either emacspeak or speakup which I prefer
> would make a good combination.  Emacs also has a sort of a file manager
> built in which is very nice.  You can do everything you want, but read
> the selection, but once you get used to emacs you can do a lot.
> Octavian R?snita <orasnita at> wrote:
>> Hi Trev,
>> From: <trev.saunders at>
>> > Personally I prefer yasr to speakup, and like vim as an editor.  vi
>> > m works well with yasr, and is useable with speakup.
>> Well, maybe my espectations are wrong because they are based mostly on
>> my Linux - cli experience in a SecureCRT console from Windows, but I
>> was lost each time vi started as a default editor.
>> To be more specific, I would like to be able to use an editor that
>> lets me to use the arrow keys to read the text line by line and word
>> by word and char by char with up and down arrows, control+left and
>> right arrows, or simply the left and right arrows, allow me to select
>> the text using the shift key, selected text that can be read by the
>> screen reader when I want to, to be able to copy/paste the text from a
>> program into another with a simple combination of key, execute the
>> currently open program source code with a specified interpreter that
>> also offers me the possibility of specifying some parameters,
>> find/replace using regular expressions with a simple combination of
>> keys, and very few other things.
>> I ask if these are possible, because as I said, when vi was opened in
>> an SSH console and I tried to use the arrow keys, I used to hear only
>> some beep sounds, without beeing able to read anything, and instead of
>> giving combinations of keys for exiting/saving like Control+S,
>> Control+Q or something like that, I needed to type simple text
>> commands like ":", which is very strange for a modern editor.
>> > I think by far the best option is mutt.
>> I guess mutt is accessible under Linux. I have tried a Windows version
>> that had big accessibility issues.
>> Is mutt able to create/display html mail messages?
>> Can it group the messages by conversation? Can we define more folders
>> and rules for moving the messages automaticly in those folders based
>> on some conditions?
>> I guess the answer is yes, but I want to know what I should expect.
>> > agreed, bash makes a pretty excellent file manager.
>> Well, for some tasks yes. I would be very happy if Windows command
>> prompt would have the features of bash. But for some tasks a file
>> manager like Windows Explorer is much better, but it is good if there
>> is one for Linux also.
>> However as I said, my biggest fear remains the text editor. Under
>> Windows there is no text editor without issues. The best is TextPad,
>> but it doesn't fully support UTF-8 which is very bad.
>> I have tried tens of editors under Windows and all of them have
>> issues, but under Linux I think I don't have so many editors to choose
>> unfortunately.
>> Octavian
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