My calculations tell me that it’s been almost exactly a year since the siliconmotion driver went so far gone as to be unusable, and as a result I ditched X altogether. By extension I could argue that it’s been almost exactly a year since I used a graphical arrangement on this machine, and that wouldn’t be far from the mark.
I sometimes used a live CD of Slitaz or another ultra-lightweight distro if something required a graphical approach. Occasionally there is a tool which is simply easier and quicker to run (EasyTAG springs to mind) than its command-line analog.
But I’ve realized that those instances are rare, and outside of specific tasks and applications that some people find irreplaceable, I — and maybe you too — can comfortably live without X and all its trappings, for nine-tenths of the things I do from day-to-day.
It’s something I have discussed many times before, so I won’t waste too much more space going into details. I try to rehash it on occasion, because the ramifications of moving away from a heavy desktop environment to a lightweight console arrangement go beyond the aesthetic. I type to you from a museum-quality 120Mhz Pentium that I bought for a measly US$10 a few months ago in a secondhand shop, and it has wireless capability, completely silent operation, low power use and low heat output, stereo audio, international keyboard, etc., etc.
I’ll be direct this time, so as not to miss the point: You can save a lot of money if you stop buying new computers to keep up with graphical “advances,” and stick with lighter applications that don’t require exotic, overpowered components.
Maybe that’s not appealing to you, and maybe you have gobs of money to throw around. But it doesn’t make it any less true.