ratpoison is a Window Manager software
for the X Windowing System
It's worth being mentioned, for its uncommon approach to handling windows
in a windowing system. It finally allows the GUI-impaired
, to leave the 80x25
text mode for a
You may find the name deterring because of the rats and
poisons, but the idea behind the name is about getting rid of the
rodent that is the computer mouse. ratpoison is based on the traditional
screen terminal multiplexer program, and has the following semantics:
- A command based, Emacs-like flexible interface
- The windows are always maximized and the screen area is used entirely.
- There are no fancy window decorations, because you have no mouse to click them.
- Switching, closing, and splitting windows is done entirely using keystrokes,
that are bound to the right commands.
- Like screen, all key strokes are prefixed, to minimize the key clobbering
that cripples Emacs and other quality pieces of software.
- Lightweight, can be used in PDAs (which naturally have no mouse attached)