If you want you can only use programs that run inside a terminal to make the most ordinary things you do every day. Comfortable? probably not, but on some occasions a program that runs from the terminal might help you … or for some of them they are simply better than even their graphics counterparts.
Productivity is very important. With a boost in productivity we save time and we get more work done in short period. That is why today in factories the production lines are automated. Productivity boosting is also important in everyday computer usage. No matter if you are just an regular desktop user, power user, developer or podcaster, with a boost in productivity you can save time, get more done and even also save some disk space, CPU and RAM usage. Many people do not know that there are some excelent opensource applications for increment the productivity. Some of them come as standard GNU tools with every Linux based operating system and other are standard parts from every major Linux distribution.
Idea behind this article is to cover some softwares that will be helpful for regular desktop users and also for small companies and offices.
Linux console is very powerful and useful. Learning your way through console should be on a to do list for every user. Today most users look at console like some archaic software, but console is not dead. It is used by millions of users everyday. Administration of systems, databases, development and many more tasks can be done faster from console then from any GUI application.
You can check my article on 10 programs to be used from the terminal, to get some idea of what you can do on the command line.