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04 Feb 2010 15:10 jsherk

Two questions about this project:
#1 - Is it available for CentOS 5?
#2 - Will this let me run Firefox?

The only two things I miss from the Linux shell access, are a Web Browser like Firefox and a mouse driven text editor. I have tried Gnome, KDE and Xfce but they are just too slow, so I am wondering if this might be what I am looking for.


19 May 2005 02:10 nickgravgaard

Re: Strange Concept

> Strange concept of no raise-on-focus policy.

It comes from the Amiga and makes a good deal of sense once you get used to it. On the Amiga the menu is at the top of the screen and is used by whichever app has focus (like on the Mac), but it seems the Amiga guys wanted to be able to give focus to windows without automatically raising them (unlike the Mac (and Windows) which use click-to-focus and raise-on-focus). That left the Unix style focus-follows-mouse model, but this would be terrible to use on a system with a shared menu at the top of the screen. Just imagine trying to work on a screen full of windows - you might be working on an app at the bottom of the screen and to use the menu you'd have to get the mouse pointer to the top of the screen without passing over another window!). I believe this is currently the cause of a lot of frustration for Unix people who bought new Macs running OS X and are trying to hack together a usable implementation of focus-follows-mouse!

Try using WindowLab for a while and see if you can get used to it. For me (and many others) it's a much nicer way of working.

18 May 2005 08:16 shockzor

Strange Concept
Strange concept of no raise-on-focus policy.


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