Silly me. How could I have forgotten — and not just recently, but months after I spent a full week at 100Mhz, and more than a month after relinquishing X on another machine — that there’s a site practically devoted to console applications, in various states of development: cli-apps.org.
Ordinarily, when scraping for unusual console apps, I cruise a few screenshot threads, or dredge up another text-based distro and check out their list of included applications. INX, for example.
cli-apps.org, as you might expect, has a good collection of nifty things you hadn’t ever thought of, and they’re arranged in convenient ways (popularity, etc.). So I don’t necessarily have to sift through armloads of Crux ports, compile for an hour, only to find that a program sucks.
Which does happen occasionally. Not everything on the terminal smells like roses.
And if you want something a little more in the way of direct analogues, make sure you check out the lengthy list jared mentioned in a comment a few days ago. Where cli-apps.org is arranged in terms of name, popularity and frequency of download, jared’s list is helpful when moving from one application — like OpenOffice.org Presentation — to its counterpart at the terminal — like tpp.
Between those two sites I have a near-infinite array of software to test and hours of compilation ahead of me. Hmm … joy. …