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Salix OS 13.37 "Ratpoison"
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1 13743 12-09-2011
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100% of reviewers None indicated 6.0

Description: "Salix Ratpoison 13.37 is released. This is probably the first-ever Linux distribution release featuring Ratpoison as the main window manager. The aim of the Ratpoison edition is to create a system that is fully usable with the keyboard only, no mouse required! For everyone that is not familiar with Ratpoison, Ratpoison is a window manager for X 'with no-fat library dependencies, no fancy graphics, no window decorations, and no rodent dependence'. Ratpoison uses a workflow that is similar to that of GNU screen, which is very popular in the terminal world. All interaction with the window manager is done through keystrokes."
Keywords: Slackware-based Ratpoison

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Old 12-09-2011, 04:52 PM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Xubuntu
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6

Pros: If you like Ratpoison, this is the only distro
Cons: You probably won't like Ratpoison

This is very difficult to review, save to say that youíll like this if this is the sort of thing you like!

In principal, I should like it, as Iíve never really taken to the GUI. The problem is that the default key strokes are all unfamiliar. When I tried to close a window with Alt-F4, the screen cleared, but only because Iíd moved to workspace 4; I should have used Ctrl-t+Ctrl-k. In practice, most desktops can be run from the keyboard: itís the applications that make it difficult to do without the mouse.

Very little software is supplied, and that is often as unfamiliar as the desktop: I havenít used a Commander-style file browser for years, and the Vimprobable browser lives up to its name. The media-player, Whaamp, wonít work, which is a rare occurrence for Salix.


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