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One way or another, you would need X running. But you can get something like what you're asking with a tiling window manager. One of the earlier ones was "ion" (not as popular now). Further reading (no specific recommendations, of course: that would introduce opinion): Comparison of tiling window managers (Arch wiki) Why You Should Try a Tiling Window ...


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Technically, all you need to run GUI programs is the X server. You can run just a terminal emulator and run all programs from that. However life without a window manager is not comfortable at all: there's no interface to switch between, raise, resize, move, hide, close, and otherwise manipulate windows. So what you need is a window manager, probably without ...



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