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Old 09-15-2010, 04:08 PM   #1
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Keyboard-only controlled desktop


Hi folks,
My mouse have just died, so Im all on keyboard.
The thing is, though, that Im newbie on Linux, so I dont know how to use terminal properly.
My question: Is there any desktop enviroment that uses ONLY keyboard? (or atleast minimum mouse movement). It has to be also light on resources, easy to use and quite usable (file managment, media, internet).
Btw, I heard of text-based web browsers. I didnt tried them, but soon I will have to.

So, if anyone know something that would help me, please, let me know.
Thank you in advance !
 
Old 09-15-2010, 04:33 PM   #2
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Ratpoison

http://www.nongnu.org/ratpoison/
http://www.nongnu.org/ratpoison/doc/
http://ratpoison.antidesktop.net/wiki/FAQ
http://ratpoison.antidesktop.net/wiki


Like gnu's screen, everything depends on the configuration file. Google on ratpoisonrc to see how everybody else configures it.
 
Old 09-15-2010, 04:42 PM   #3
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You'll also find this discussion on the Archlinux forum interesting, where they discuss ratpoison and other keyboard orientated WM's.

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=68622&p=1
 
Old 09-15-2010, 04:50 PM   #4
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My mouse have just died, so Im all on keyboard.
Just get yourself a mouse.

Any mouse.

If you are that short of money, eat one less burger and use the money better, or look in your local charity shop, or recycling centre, or search your local skip / "dumpster". People throw mice out all the time. There is nothing wrong with them. Once you have cleaned the stickiness off them, they work fine

Otherwise, it looks like you'll be using ratpoison.
 
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:00 PM   #5
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Just get yourself a mouse.

Any mouse.
My sentiments also but if that is not an option Opera is a very keyboard friendly browser.
 
Old 09-16-2010, 11:37 AM   #6
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Yay! Thank you for that Rat Poison ! It is really great, just need to tune it to my needs and mess around with keyboard bindings.

I would buy a new mouse, but Im stuck in a little town with a flu. The only mice we have here have fur, lil eyes and I really dont want to plug them to my pc

Btw, I have blind friends who can use computer without mouse, so I am just wondering if I will be able to "survive" like them.
 
Old 09-16-2010, 04:37 PM   #7
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I'd second the recommendation to try Opera. You can move from one link to another with Ctrl or Shift + cursor, open in a new tab with Shift + Enter, log-in with Ctrl + Enter, and so on.
 
  


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