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i have been using ratpoison for a few years now, to the exclusion of all others.

my philosphy

as i experience more in life and (hopefully) become wiser by experience, i find that i am leaning towards a particular stance, which seems to be getting stronger with time. i have arrived at this independently, but i also realise that others have trodden this path before (and long before and much more than) me. i find my philosophy epitomised by the ones below:

unix: The Unix Philosophy
Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text streams, because that is a universal interface.

suckless: Suck Less Philosophy
focus on simplicity, clarity and frugality
Our philosophy is about keeping things simple, minimal and usable.

arch: The Arch Way
simple, elegant, versatile, expedient

ratpoison: the antidesktop?
no fat library dependencies, no fancy graphics, no window decorations, and no rodent dependence. All windows are maximized inside their frames to take full advantage of your precious screen real estate.

purely functional
Any program can only be really useful if it complies with the Unix philosophy. Web browsers are frequent violators of this principle. Uzbl project was started as an attempt to resolve this.

Console Ahoy!

I am gravitating more and more towards the console, as I find the keyboard far more handy than the mouse. Also, X apps have a slight overhead over console apps, and I am not that much into bells n whistles, if I can get it done quicker and simpler. Agreed, there is a learning curve, but I find it worth it.

Please suggest your favourite console apps...

The only reason I am listing this is because this is "interesting".


"links2 -g" seems to be good enough for me on most websites, if do I need to go graphical.

CSS Support is lacking, or I don't know how to enable it.

Most websites abuse flash, and I am happy surfing without it. Flash could be a potential(?) problem on links2, but you could create a mime association. I find it easier to pass the link (rather than download it in its entirety) directly to mplayer as an argument. mplayer can play it as it streams in.

I found this tip on a website: "all that's necessary is an entry in ~/.links2/links.cfg:"
association "Flash Player" "application/x-shockwave-flash" "swf-player %"


My initial look at TCL has been very encouraging...

DSL??? NOT!!!

I stopped using DSL on a regular basis, a few months ago. By now, I am not using it at all. One of the reasons is DSL maintainers moving away from the stated core aim of keeping it within 50M. DSL is on the road to becoming bloatware, so it seems. Although, this personally shouldn't matter much, as I have never kept up with their latest versions. I continued with DSL3, and never liked DSL4 much. The older versions were more than sufficient for me.

Never too keen on updating my system with the latest snazziest versions as soon as they come out, I have always preferred a stable desktop, which allows me to concentrate on being productive. Hence, my choice to go with Debian stable. I have been using Debian oft and on for about a decade now. I recently wiped my older laptop with DSL, and a minimal install of Debian Etch took that place. I am continuing to use this almost the same way as I was using DSL. But, I have more flexibility now. Plus, it seems to be much faster than DSL, and even my shiny M$ laptop.

DSL 3.3 might continue to remain in my stables for some time. I won't be using it much, and will probably phase it out. Here ends my DSL saga!

A very worthy contender seems to be emerging...

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