I would be the first to concede that Linux users will never be satisfied being denied access to a desktop environment. Linux users have a choice of many different desktop environments, all with their own different styles and strengths. Which desktop environment is best invokes strong feelings. Personally, I have no strong feelings for or against any of the environments available. This is predominately because I still spend a lot of my time either using the Linux console, or, when in X, I end up at a terminal emulator, mostly Terminator.
You might ask if the internet lends itself well to console based applications. After all, Linux is blessed with some truly awesome graphical internet applications. Surely the web is rather mundane without a graphical web browser such as Firefox or Chrome? Sometimes. Nevertheless, I still find console applications to be conducive to the internet. I just love the simplicity of console applications and utilities. It does not matter what machine I am using, as the same software works with no fuss. For example, all of the software featured here works seamlessly on computers with low-spec CPU and RAM, such as the Raspberry Pi.
There are so many great console based internet applications that it would be impossible for a single article to cover them all. Instead, I have compiled this roundup of 9 console applications that I am always using. Why? Because they are, in many situations, superior replacements for their GUI equivalents. Here is a roundup of the 9 console applications that I use frequently.