[linux-elitists] GNOME > you

Nick Moffitt nick@zork.net
Sat Dec 27 00:10:38 PST 2003

Okay, so I'm a hardcore text nerd.  I used to use The Village, which
was a crazy window manager that had no window dressings and used the
virtual desktop grid for all app-switching.  All programs were
full-screen, and I LOVED it.

So I have tried ion, ratpoison, and I used a super hacked-up sawfish
for the past two years that had mad LISP geekery up the wazoo.  It's
all about my crazy keybindings and NOT USING THE MOUSE.

So I had to re-install my wife's machine because she was sick of me
upgrading it under her all the time.  I went to debian stable, and
installed some GNOME-2.2 backports.  Lo and behold, a real useful
system!  Sure, it looks pretty, thinks I, but it's probably full of
obnoxious gotchas and work-interference googlies that Windows weenies
like to call "features".

But then my laptop died, and I had to take over the box long enough to
work on my final papers and take-home exams.  A little configuration
here, a tiny twiddle there, and WOW.  I'm super impressed, and I'm
even one rev behind the curve!  All the important stuff has bindings,
like maximizing, moving around workspaces, etc.  The only thing I'm
missing are the "move focused window as far as possible to the
<direction>" bindings, but I so rarely move windows anyway that I'm
not worrying about it.

So Jeff, I think you're full of bullshit when you keep apologising and
saying that the audience for GNOME isn't us pointy-headed terminal
weenies.  I now use the same setup on my new (used) laptop, and it's
useful even with only 128MB RAM!  

So beaujolais to the GNOME folks!  It's a system that the whole
bicamerally-geeky family can enjoy!  You kids need to spend a few days
with it sometime.  Maybe then you'll realize what obnoxious little
snots you sound like when you brag about how much you hate user

"Forget the damned motor car and build cities for lovers and friends."
	-- Lewis Mumford


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