I found this simple tutorial for modifying the way my Mint Julia 32 bit OS starts up with a command line only, except my next task is to try and find a way to launch instances of GUI applications without bringing up the entire gnome desktop experience.
In a perfect world, my goal would be to have the gnome desktop environment running in the background, only, there is a terminal session that cannot be closed or minimized, hiding the start menu and desktop. From there you could type in
and treat it almost as if I'm using gnome, with all the keyboard shortcuts and media support I'm used to (like, you know, a mouse).
I am looking to blend the best of graphical and command line user interfaces. I like using the command line, but I don't want to lose the things I use most:
synaptic. All are good, and are somewhat bound to my hip as a member of Generation Y.
Does anybody know of a good tutorial that can show me how to get this ideal setup on my machine? I'd appreciate it!