Your graphical desktops rely on terminal emulators for mundane tasks.
I show that with a little bit of hesitation. I usually reserve console-based applications for machines that really need it, and graphical ones for machines that can handle it.
But what can I say? I use mc on every other machine in the house, and it’s just the quickest and most comfortable for me. htop can’t be ignored either, although it has competition.
And if I were using Musca, I wouldn’t think twice about putting those two side-by-side on the same screen. That would just be natural for me.
So maybe I don’t need to rationalize. It does seem that I’ve come full circle in one sense though. Funny how life works.