Saturday, October 13 2012 @ 03:06 AM EDT Contributed by: trev
Console based applications are light on system resources (very useful on low specified machines), can be faster and more efficient than their graphical counterparts, they do not stop working when X Windows is restarted, and are great for scripting purposes. When designed well, console applications offer a surprisingly powerful way of using a computer effectively. The applications are leaner, faster, easier to maintain, and remove the need to have installed a whole gamut of libraries.
It is true that some categories of software do not translate well to the console. For example, it would be difficult to recommend using a console based office suite, or a console based CAD application. However, it is surprising just how many applications with a graphical user interface can be replaced with equivalent or superior console based applications. With this in mind, we have compiled a number of Group Tests showcasing excellent console based applications.