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Here are the keybindings I use for window management. As I use FVWM, they are written in FVWM syntax, but you should be able to understand them even if you are not using FVWM. You can easily test a keybinding by entering the line in question into the FVWM Console.

Please keep in mind that these keybindings are the ones that work for me. The best keybindings for you may depend on you way of work, type of keyboard and your preferences. continue reading…

…and should generally be treated as vermin. 🙂

I have found it a good practice to be aware of how you interact with you system. Being aware of how you access your programs, manage your windows, do text processing etc., will eventually boost your performance.

Do some kind of prioritization in your key and mouse mappings. The tasks you do most often should be the easiest ones to hit on the keyboard. For these tasks, your fingers should stay on the keyboard, and further, they should stay around the same keys, ASDF and JKL;. This philosophy is known from the VIM editor. Less used function can have more “difficult” keybindings, and the mouse should be used for the rest. continue reading…

FVWM is fast, reliable and extremely configurable. It puts you in control of your work habits, and can behave just the way you want it. If you work at your computer many hours a day, and want to do that efficiently, you should consider trying out fvwm.

You can’t really describe what FVWM is like. Unlike most other window managers, who has a more or less “specific” way of behaving, FVWM doesn’t have a specific behaviour. Your won’t get a great experience just because you use FVWM. But if you use FVWM with a nice configuration, we are talking a different story…

You’ll need to spend an certain amount of time fine-tuning your configuration. If you don’t have time for that, and is satisfied using the “mainstream environments”, FVWM is probably not for you.

Again, take a look at the thread I linked to in my last post. It contains a nice pep talk and demonstration of some of FVWM’s capabilities.

You may also look at fvwm.org. Unfortunately, the website tries to emulate a window manager, which makes navigating through it a pain. A bit pity if you ask me. Though it may not look so, FVWM is being actively developed.

I tried all sort of fancy stuff out there: Desktop suites, Skins, Desklets, SVG-icons, Mac-alike launchers, you name it. But I just couldn’t get satisfied. My box still wasn’t “nice” enough to work on.

Then one day, like many FVWM-using gentoo’ers did, I stumbled across taviso‘s famous post at forums.fvwm.org. First impression: No iCandy? Forget it…

A little later, I saw some awesome screenshots at lynucs.org. Can’t find them now, but they whetted my appetite. I was soon working eagerly with different setups.

My first setup was a completely back-to-the-roots. It didn’t depend on big libraries, so it was fast, and didn’t crash for unexplainable reasons. If something was wrong, you could easily find out what. Oh, and it was, dare I say, good looking…

FVWM 2005-07-01

However, I spent too much time maintaining it, so I found some sort of compromise. My next setup included no fancy themes, and used “bigger” things like the panel from XFCE. This time, it was also fully keyboard driven. This is the one that has evolved to my current setup.

FVWM 2007-10-03

In the next couple of days, I will tell you some of the considerations I made during this period.

Hey there, and welcome to my blog. I am a (soon) 21 year old student of Computer Science at the University of Aarhus.

Here I hope to share thoughts, stories from my life, and of course tips regarding Open Source software, which I have been using since 2002.

To begin with, I will post some tips on how to get most out of your user interface, like window managers, terminal emulators, choice of applications etc.

Happy reading…