This is quite neat, I can now use the power of Emacs to write
But wait, there is more. So in general, as someone who doesn't
need to suffer from the hit on cycles and memory that running an X
I usually dont start
GDM --- the graphical desktop
--- on my Linux box. Believe me, running just at the console,
especially with the LCD turned off makes my laptop run a lot
So challenge: How do you take the fox's head off Firefox?
How do you run a headless Firefox?
Turns out that the original X Windows developers didn't always
have access to all the displays that they were developing X
applications for --- so they created
XVFB --- the X
Virtual Frame Buffer server.
Like all good things in the Open Source world, XVFB continues to
survive --- even though today, X developers hardly if ever resort
But in the fine UNIX tradition of
Get out of my way or I'll turn you into a shell
XVFB also turns out to be just what I needed in order to run
FireFox as a headless application.
So in summary: I'm typing this blog on the shuttle bus riding home, with the monitor turned off, and Firefox running headless as I debug some of the code I've been writing. If you want to put the fox's head in a box yourself, here is a pointer to FireBox -- share and enjoy!