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    mouse free computing

    I would like to be able to use my desktop with just my keyboard and no mouse use at all. I know how to go to keyboard shortcuts and set a lot of those but in firefox I can not figure out how to get to File Edit View menu bar without the mouse. Does anyone have any tips with this or is there another browser that you can configure the keyboard shortcuts for? Thank you for any suggestions at all with making this process easier. I am running Ubuntu Lucid Lynx.

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    Re: mouse free computing

    Well, instead of using GNOME (the default Ubuntu user interface) you could try a minimalistic environment aimed towards keyboard use.

    For example, take a look at DWM:

    http://dwm.suckless.org/

    It's got a learning curve, but is designed to work without a mouse and be used with a keyboard. Works nicely on an old server box of mine.

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    Re: mouse free computing

    Alt+F doesn't open the file tab?

    You can also install LoL to click on links on a page.

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    Re: mouse free computing

    Thank you all for the tips I am going to check all those out. Oops alt-F does open the file menu! Thank you!

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    Re: mouse free computing

    There are several window managers designed specifically to reduce or eliminate the use of a mouse.

    Ratpoison comes to mind, but there are others.

    Fluxbox has a number of configuration options as well.

    http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/...indow_Managers

    http://docstore.mik.ua/orelly/linux/run/ch11_02.htm

    Review with screen shots :

    http://www.iyiz.com/20-most-simple-a...ers-for-linux/

    Note: Most of these WM require you to configure them to your preferences and IMO they are not as polished out of the box as the big 3 (gnome, kde, xfce).
    Last edited by bodhi.zazen; August 21st, 2010 at 05:01 PM.
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