Linked by ddc_ on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 21:29 UTC
Window Managers Calm window manager (mainly known for its shorthand name cwm) is a member of a once-powerful and now-declining family of minimalist X11 window managers. It is relatively unknown outside the OpenBSD community, but it deserves more notice.
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RE[4]: Mouse-less interface
by Moonbuzz on Thu 24th Nov 2011 08:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Mouse-less interface"
Moonbuzz
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Alright, first, the obligatory links:
http://www.asktog.com/TOI/toi06KeyboardVMouse1.html
http://www.asktog.com/TOI/toi22KeyboardVMouse2.html
http://www.asktog.com/SunWorldColumns/S02KeyboardVMouse3.html
http://www.plan9.bell-labs.com/wiki/plan9/Mouse_vs._keyboard/index....

Second, cwm is a window manager, not a text editor, a terminal etc. While I'm sure find /foo/bar/*.c | grep baz | xargs whatever is a zillion times faster than doing that using a GUI, this isn't what we're discussing here (or at least isn't what I'm discussing (; ). A window manager, by definition, manages windows, for which a mouse is, again, proven to be faster than keyboards, and more ubiquitous. You may try to exaggerate with "you have to learn to click this button for this and that button for that", but that's not what the interface is, what you have to learn is left-click, right-click, double click, maybe wheel-scroll, and this applies to windows, menus, tabs, inside a browser, in an editor, you name it. And while I'm also sure someone who uses Xwm (replace X with your own flavour) for 3 years can make windows dance around with his keyboards, that is an edge case, which doesn't apply for the other 99% of cases.

Again, I'm not suggesting that you should do your coding, sysadministrating, dba-ing, or whatever in a GUI, I "live" inside screen, bash, and Emacs because these give me the superior environment for what I do. But I run all those inside Gnome-Shell because it does what I need, window management wise, and doesn't interfere with anything else. Same reason I use Firefox rather than, dunno, lynx. Choose the right tool for the right job. You won't code with your mouse, and you, I think, better with a mouse when you use a GUI.

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