[Inx] a few suggestions for INX
callea.gaetano.andrea at gmail.com
Wed Oct 15 13:41:43 PDT 2008
first of all: INX it's a neat idea. kudos.
just about a couple of hours ago i stumbled upon INX (read about it on a
blog). then i had a read and look at the website and joined #inx meanwhile i
was downloading it.
i confess that i can't wait for a stable enough version and installer to
install it alongside debian on my laptop.
and now let's get straight to the point:
after a chat with thoreauputic i joined this ml to post what i think it
would be good to have in INX.
firstly some software suggestions:
1 - include weechat in by default. thoreauputic already told me that you
ain't gonna replace irssi (which it's a nice app) and that one could install
weechat on his own.
well while this is true, i recon that weechat might be the right
choice if you want to keep one and one only application for each task
because it has at least a couple of strong point:
a - it has a native user list
b - it's easily exetensible with scripts. (downloadable from website
and easily installable/removable)
c - it's easy to learn and manage and once you master it it simply
kick asses. i use it as my only IRC client on every computer i own, even if
it has X.
d - it's easy to customize
these are a few of the thing why weechat rocks. i'm sure there are
to end the weechat suggestion i quote myself:
[20:28:56] cga | thoreauputic: indeed you can install weechat, but i think
that in a distro like INX, where every app that i've seen in the screenies,
has a itch for complete interface, well weechat might be better to this
[20:29:12] cga | thoreauputic: at least give the choice in a menu
2 - include a unique IM sw for msn jabber and stuff except than IRC, like a
pidgin/kopete for cli. read about them here:
3 - think about burning: genisoimage and wodim. stadard tools already in
debian/ubuntu and many other distros. two great tools indeed. they go hand
in hand. i suggest you put them both in.
4 - mutt or pine for emails and sutff and bla bla bla.
the list could go on, with rtorrent and amule-cli for example, but i better
stop here for now.
i only want to point you out to a couple of interesting posts and a site
about cli sw:
The other thing i want to suggest is to give a friendly cli enviroment with
some bash, vim, inputrc, profile etc... customizations. beside these i
suggest to include tools like AKIRA and pastebinit for they automate,
respectively, since we are talking about debian/ubuntu, the retreive of
repos' keys and a useful command to pastebin files. useful in chat for help.
The last things i want to suggest are:
1 - to get knoppix like colorized boot process (which it has been a long
time desire for me which i never managed to realize due to lack of knowledge
2 - use a framebuffer image and better fonts in ttys.
all of this is possible without having to distort INX UI.
the colorized boot of knoppix was the first thing i saw and that got me in.
i fell in love with linux for this and never looked back ever since.
3 - include tutorials (on bash for example) where reasonably feasable
my 2,56$ ;)
Callea Gaetano Andrea
CGA at jabber.linux.it
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