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Ratpoison: an efficient and minimalist WM.

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Ratpoison. It sounds like something that kills a rat. It sure does. Ratpoison is a WM (Window Manager) that runs on Linux that has one purpose: to kill your rat. Here we are referring to that disgusting little lump beside your keyboard that shoots lasers out of its arse.

Ratpoison is a tiling WM, which basically means that windows do not overlap. They tile. An easy way to visualise this it by thinking of a table. A table can have rows and columns split up into as weird a configuration you can think of, but there is only one value per cell, and that value cannot overlap another cell. You can resize your cells, switch values from one cell to another, split, remove and merge cells. Not only that, but you can do this using naught but your keyboard. It’s time to push that rodent away from your computer and appreciate the gazillion keys you already have to input information to your computer.

But why, you say, would I enjoy having to design a complex table layout for a simple task? For a number of reasons.

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