My machine isn’t the fastest, so I’m always on the look out for simple and powerful CLI tools instead of the prettier, GUI driven ones. Having said that, I like these so much that I don’t intend to really switch, even if I get the hardware eventually. Here’s a short list of my favourite ones:
centericq: This neat little IM client is what I use for Google Talk. It also supports Yahoo, MSN, IRC, and some other protocols. This is an ideal example of how a good CLI app should be.
orpheus: From the creator of centericq comes this nice little mp3 player for the shell. Apart from mild problems in playlist loading/saving, this one is pretty comfortable to use too. Another nice player I’ve tried is mp3blaster.
snownews: I’ve mentioned this already, and its worth a look. Nice pleasant feedreader, allows opening the news with any browser and stuff like that.
lynx: This is a pretty popular shell browser and probably needs no introduction.. I use it with snownews, it even opens sites like gmail, and I like the purty colours.
mc: The GNU midnight commander filemanager doesn’t really need any introduction either. I used to use ROX Filer before, but I fell in love with mc once I got used to it. This one is a must have. I just love the sensible function key mappings, directory hotlists & emacs-style bindings.
Well these are the most common ones I use. Emacs might count in the list, but I usually run the GUI version. If you like tools like these, and know other similar ones that I might like, let me know!
P.S. Things like mutt and irssi didn’t make this list because I like gmail and don’t use IRC respectively, so my experience with them is limited.