How To Go Mouse Free On Linux · The Kernal
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Mice? You mean the little critters that spread plague and leave their droppings everywhere? I don’t want that anywhere near my computer. While modern applications and operating systems make mice a necessity, it really is not the best way to use your computer. Long term mice usage, especially for people who have arthritis, can lead to wrist strain and injuries.But, contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need a mouse. If you’re using the right software you can completely avoid one alltogether. I am going to explain what software I use, and how i get around all of the tricky situations where a mouse would be required, so that you can give it a try.

Can someone explain me the advantage(s) of a terminal file manager? I feel like anything such a file manager could do, can be achieved faster with mv, cp, rename, …

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I personally like to use regular command line tools (cd, mkdir, mv, ls, etc.) but there are many cases where a terminal file manager comes in handy. When working with a large number of files, having a simple list is a lot easier than reading all of the filenames and opening them. Plus, if you’re like me and choose to use a POSIX shell, managing files with terminal commands is hell when you have long filenames.

I feel like it is faster.

However, my aim was to have a system that could be used without a mouse. Why? because I had neither a mouse nor a touchpad.

@ree
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Based.

Projjal
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It’s more intuitive to manages files with commands actually.

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The thing is, the modern OSes and programs have made mouse so compulsory that you can’t really escape it. For instance, if you use a lot of creative software on your PC, can you avoid using a mouse? No. Playing games? No. Making games? No. Browsing the web? You can, but sometimes you can’t because of it’s noisy and complicated nature.

Btw, if you’re on firefox, add this extension if you want to browse keyboard-only “most of the time”.

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We tend to think that a pc is used for everything, there are specific cases where a pc is only used for one particular purpose. Or environments where the administrator doesn’t give you the choice.

The author mentioned this at the end of the article, specifically around those counter examples you raised.

While there are cases where having a mouse would be useful, (Gaming, 3D Modeling, etc.) but for most people, with some change to their workflow, they can become completely obsolete.

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Yeah, I know that but what was I trying to say that those counter examples have the most popularity when it comes to end-users using their computers.

I don’t think you’re disagreeing with the point the author made in their article.

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I don’t disagree, besides I find warpd very interesting, I don’t know, it makes me think of using qutebrowser

On a side note, is the trackpoint (the thinkpad’s red nipple) pattented? I know some dell’s have it, so I imagine they aren’t.

I would love to have third party keyboards with this type of integrated pointer device. That or some sort of tracball, which, by the way, are a great alternative to a mouse. Have been using them for 4 years now and never looked back.

It is, I believe Lenovo has the patent on it, and Dell/Toshiba either license the patent or have their own implementation to get around it. Unicomp used to ship a track-point like pointer on some of their keyboards but it’s not as smooth or accurate compared to the Thinkpad ones.

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I use dwm. I use Vimium on firefox. I use cmus. I use vifm. I use mpv and feh. And of course, I use both Emacs and Neovim. Newsboat for rss. The only thing, email client: currently Claws. I’m not too comfortable with terminal or emacs email clients. But that might change soon. I also have a bunch of scripts I use for keyboard-driven usage of my system. It’s not enough with those 5 types of software you mentioned. You need to optimize everything for the keyboard. Something I really miss from every distro, because not a single one does this, afaik.

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Honestly I think it’s all about balance.

Some interactions are much easier with a mouse. Other thrives with keyboards.

I wish there was an easy way to have mail within emacs. Everytime I’m drawn to it I’m lost in all the alternatives and each configuration seem quite complexe to implement

I haven’t used emacs for mail but I was a huge mutt user back in the day before I surrendered to using Outlook at work (employer blocks IMAP on our Exchange Online instance and I didn’t want to go through the hassle of getting it permitted for my personal mailbox). I’d check that out, the config is pretty easy and you can search github/gitlab for other people’s configs to get you started.

I had multiple mailboxes mapped to the function keys, F2 for primary mail, F3 for work, etc., it worked beautifully.

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Ha yes. I’ve used mutt sporadically before. Nice soft.

I’ve just remembered that my employer will go exchange only before summer :/ it was nice while it lasted.

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but, why ?

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What about a game controller?

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I hate it, but it could work.

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Howto make a meme with system mouse free ?

I like gnu-linux as an EDI but I think for me is better to see my images with Ranger by example. You can open images with zsh an alias suffixes like :

alias -s png=sxiv #=\t -> Afficher une image png. Taper juste le nom. ex : oggy.png
alias -s jpg=sxiv  #=\t -> Afficher une image jpg. Taper juste le nom.\n 

but you have to do it one by one, right? what do you think, did you find another way?

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i’m not sure what you want to do. AFAIK ranger display images directly if you have feh installed.

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My case in point was being able to quickly view images in a folder, with ranger it’s simpler, I think I’m in the wrong thread. It was about Can someone explain to me the advantage(s) of a terminal file manager? https://lemmy.ml/post/240164/comment/165720

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