If you would like to try out different desktop environments on a GNU / Linux based OS then Debian offers a tool called tasksel. This will make it easier to choose a different desktop environment for example.
The tasksel tool runs as part of the text based installation routine but post install you may want to change something without having to resort to using synaptic or other graphical package manager or even using apt from the linux terminal or console.
You can also opt to install a webserver or ssh server.
Following a conversation on the Mosaic browser. I decided to try and view my personal Journal blog in the Lynx console browser. Screenshot below.
The blog works really nicely on Lynx. I can navigate, select links and the various static pages. Lynx does not display pictures or other media, but this is fine. It should display the alt text data though.
This at least allows my website to be viewed in other browsers at least, not that I can see people moving en-masse to text based browsers.
Lynx can be installed with apt install lynx as root user of course.
With a standard Linux install the fonts on the console (this is the login you get with CTRL-ALT-Fn) are usually small, this is fine in some cases as most people don’t work from the console. However there may be times when you want to work directly at the console and not bother with a Graphical user interface.
I have worked out how to do this and there are some screen shots below to illustrate the process.
This applies to Debian 10 and others, you should consult assistance if you are not sure what you are doing
As root you need to enter dpkg-reconfigure console-setup
Once you have done this you need to type
to activate the changes
You need to type this at the console. Typing in a terminal gives the following message.
setupcon: We are not on the console, the console is left unconfigured.