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Ratpoison Window Manager

As I've used emacs more and more, after a few months trying to compose LaTeX documents with LyX, I'm enjoying less and less using non-keyboard input devices (so-called “mice”). So I was intrigued by Ratpoison, a Linux1) window manager called ratpoison. I learned of it via Ubuntu Lite installation, which also provides lots of other interesting suggestions.

ratpoison landing and link page, found via search engine, which includes a download link for the stable release (tar.gzip) and a link to the ratpoison project page.

Ratpoison takes some getting used to, learning the shortcut keys, but first one has to get it to work.

Synaptic (Canonical) Package

The “easy way” is to use the Synaptic package manager. As of today (2 September 2011) the current version for Ubuntu 10.10 is 1.4.5-2. The problem with the easy way is that after the installation, ratpoison is not an option in the login screen of Gnome. The reason seems to be a file that is not installed in '/usr/share/xsessions/' with the initial configuration settings for a desktop.

1) and probably BSD, but I haven't checked because I'm not currently using a BSD
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