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I have an abnormal and generally impractical project that I want to try. I want to build a low powered (maybe even a Raspberry Pi) single-monitor Linux workstation with no desktop environment for home.

I want to do this because I need to force myself to learn more in Linux, and I spend my day at work looking at a GUI. I want a distraction free system to come home and play on.

What I need help with is figuring out how I could best put this together as far as software. I want to get my RHCSA, so I would prefer RHEL/CentOS. I would also think about trying OpenBSD. When I've run headless boxes in the past, it was always a black screen with white jagged text, but I want anti-aliased text/font of my choice in my headless terminal. Not sure how to best achieve that.

I am thinking about learning how to use tmux or screen for this.

Any thoughts, additions, or discussion appreciated.
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I'm fairly new to Linux myself.

I can only make a suggestion based on my experience. During work I'm required to support a M$ GUI system. I came to Linux at home because of the utter frustration and disenchantment with an OS that is by design made to be unstable, overly complex, time consuming and woefully incapable of performing the most basic routine OS related request

In any case ... All I know is that the more I use Linux the more I love it.
I chose going with a Linux Distro., that has a well known community and great web support.

Ubuntu is great and easy to install. They have both 32 and 64 bit versions of the OS. You don't Need to start with something exotic like an SOC (system on a Card) like a R-Pi or Beaglebone Black Etc. You can simply start with any old laptop you may have around collecting dust in the closet. If you don't have an extra laptop, amazon sells older Dells for fairly reasonable prizes. Stay in the below 200 dollar range. Remember this is a start up learning system, not a high end like a Mac.

I'm suggesting the laptop because it is self contained and if everything is working then you can concentrate on experimenting with Linux and learning the OS. After you do more research and learning you will discover that the Linux world is quite active and the sky is the limit, with lots of alternatives both at the hardware and software levels.
Lots of luck!!
Enjoy ... Wil ;-)


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"hostname -I " (that's a capital "i") returns the IP addresses of the system without any other information or labels.

Mind blown. no more commands like "ip addr show [eth0] | grep inet" to sort it more easily.

Maybe I'm really late to the game on this, but I've always seen it recommended in guides to use "ifconfig" (deprecated) or "ip addr show [interface name]" to determine your IP address.
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Or write a quick and dirty script to check public IP address, AS#, open ports, and RBL status.
http://pastebin.com/dPe8sC0Q
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I found an easy to remember method for determining your public IP address from a machine with out a DE or browser:

curl ifconfig.me
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I'll stick to moanmyip.com, and I'll load a DE and browser just because.
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extrapolate - Extend the application of (a method or conclusion, esp. one based on statistics) to an unknown situation by assuming that existing...: "results extrapolated to other groups"; "it is always dangerous to extrapolate from a sample"

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"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable." -George Orwell
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You could say that, but that was not what I was thinking when I posted it.
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To those who have not yet been shown how corrupt and dishonest traditional media outlets are.

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The only thing I learned was that the US Virgin Islands were allowed to vote. Had no idea. 
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  • Home Schooled
    English, Humanities, Math, 2001 - 2013
  • Grace Classical Academy
    English, Humanities, Art, Science, 2011 - 2013
  • Veritas Classical Schools
    English, Humanities, 2010 - 2011
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''Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof'' -V
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Hello. I'm Andrew Imeson (in case you missed the large words above that said so..)

I'm a Christian, Libertarian/Voluntarist, and bow-tie devotee.
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