Ratpoison

November 13, 2006 at 12:18 am 1 comment

I finally managed to talk myself into trying out ratpoison. Ratpoison is a X11 window manager that is modeled after Screen. Instead of using windows to store applications it breaks the desktop into frames. I’ve used Screen before so I was familiar with the basic concept of pressing some key combo to get into a sort of command mode, and then pressing another key combo to perform an action. It was a fun and surprisingly easy to use window manager.

When you start ratpoison for the first time you are stuck in front of a blank screen with some text telling you that “C-t ?” (Ctrl+t ?) shows the help. The help is short and you can pick up on the most common commands in a short period of time.

Even though Ratpoison was meant to be used without a mouse you can still use it if needed. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I highly recommend that you at least give it a try. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • 1. Kidd  |  November 27, 2006 at 10:39 am

    Great WM, isn’t it?
    After switching window managers for almost a year, ratpoison struck me with its simplicity and usability (when you get used to it)…

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