Re: screen for X?
> % A proxy for X *does* exist, but don't
> ask me about the details.
> It does indeed. It's called XMove
> and it's a simple apt-get away if you're
> running Debian.
I have debian. I apt-got xmove. When I ran it everything seemed ok:
Implementing MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 user authentication
XMove 2.0 ready.
Then I tried to start up a simple xterm:
$ export DISPLAY=localhost:1
xmove spits out:
Unable to create connection to server at :0.0.
Is the server dead?
Is the server name correct?
Well, I certainly am running an X server at :0.0, as my normal applications connect there by default.
So what's the deal? Has anyone actually gotten this to work? Is there some magic that I'm missing?
One size does not fit all
ratpoison looks like a neat toy... and if, like the author of this article, you're mostly running non-gui apps, it's fine
i love screen and have used it for many years, but i would never limit myself to it's capabilities. ratpoison sounds like screen with a little extra gui, and for me that's just not nearly enough.
allow me to sing the praises of other, more full featured window managers and gui apps..
first, i like having gui apps opened on the screen at the same time, and seeing them all... for example, i use gkrellm, which gives me cpu/disk/net stats at a glance (no keystrokes necessary)... my volume widget is there, as are my most frequently used apps in a button bar... as with ratpoison, there\'s no need to hunt through menus to get at any of these functions, but there\'s also no need to type any commands whatsoever... they're all just a click away
having a pager on the screen also makes it obvious which apps are where, which is a great improvement on the screen convention of cycling through screens to get to your app, or having to use cumbersome naming and keystroke combinations... screen is all fine and good for a few apps, but when you exceed that number it starts to get a bit unwieldy... which is one of the reasons i also have a couple of terminals open... most of my work is done in the normal, green, user terminal... with the red terminal reserved for root actions. i have no need for these terminals to be the width of my full 1600x1200 screen... i'd rather use the extra real estate to have two or more apps on the screen at the same time, which usually means gvim + 2 terminals (and the gkrellm, buttonbar, volume, pager and icon box which are sticky on each screen, but those take up minimum real estate)
opera takes up nearly a full window, just as you have with ratpoison, as i like to use tabs instead of free-floating windows, but i don't give up the rest of my windowing features to do this
in short, ratpoison may be alright as a lightweight window manager, but it comes up lacking for a power user... now vnc seems to be a much better screen compliment, as it allows you to detach and reattach your window session just as you do with screen itself... and i might just be taking a look at it or tight vnc next