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Ultimate Linux Desktop

ratpoison (3k image)Interesting article on freshmeat (linked on slashdot) about the "The Antidesktop". I found the article to be kind of a blue print for where I have been trying to go with Linux on my desktop computer. Course it's more interesting to say that before I actually try it. Let's see what happens.

The thing that appeals to me about it is the focus on limiting the distractions of the desktop environment. Plus it will help me test the limits of what I can do while staying as purely in the text environment as possible.

While I was sniffing around I found a good Linux FAQ. I like this section (the whole FAQ is pretty good):

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Using Linux is about choice. At the core of it, Linux is very very powerful. In fact, DOS is a poor copy of Unix of which Linux is a clone. There are Super Computers running Beowulf Linux [yet another flavour!]. Incidentally, me and a friend of mine are also working on building a home super computer using a Beowulf Cluster; details are available here.But if you are talking about GUI, Linux does have some very stable ones. But why do we need to compare ourselves with Windows? There is sense in comparing with something that is absolute - which Windows is not. It is error and failure prone. Like Jeremy Lee said.....". . . . . . . . . . . I don't want Linux to be 'Just like Windows only Better!' , I want to challenge the basic assumptions that Microsoft Engineers have made. Windows is a poor copy of the Macintosh is a poor copy of the Xerox Star, now 20 years old. We haven't challenged the basic WIMP (windows, icons, mouse, pointer) paradigm in 20 years? Come on! "

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Freshmeat: The Antidesktop

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John / Got ratpoison working. It's the most no frills window manager I have even seen. I think I like it. The entire desktop is filled with whatever application I'm using at the moment. Even the file chooser dialogs expand to fill the screen. Talk about minimal distractions. hehe.



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