Using Calcurse to keep track of appointments and tasks

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Article from Issue 163/2014

Calcurse combines a calendar with appointments management and a task list, so you can use a terminal to keep track of the day's events at a glance.

Console tools enjoy an excellent reputation in the Linux community: They consume very little in terms of resources, work really fast, and often perform their tasks with just a few keystrokes [1]. The Calcurse program [2] is a typical example. It combines a calendar with schedule management and a task list. You have the option of using the application either at the command line or in an ncurses-based user interface.

The program's name combines the two words "Calendar" and "ncurses." Its author, Frederic Culot, developed the software in 2004. Although Calcurse was developed originally only for his own use, it was later released under a free BSD license.

Calcurse is currently available as a stable package for several distributions: Fedora, Debian, and Ubuntu, as well as FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD. The project supports the i386, AMD64, and Sparc platforms, among others. This article was based on the 2.9.2 and 3.1.2 versions of the package on Debian and Xubuntu, respectively.


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