I just discovered the app Home Remote Control that allows me to use my Android device as a wireless keyboard/mouse to a Linux computer over
ssh. I just had to install
ethtool on the Linux machine to get things to work.
Since Canonical decided to ship Ubuntu with Unity as opposed to GNOME as the default desktop in their next release, I decided to take a look at StumpWM again.
Although I like keyboard driven apps like emacs, conkeror, and screen, GNOME with Tracker + deskbar-applet (similar to Mac OS X’s Spotlight) has been sufficient; I think any stable Linux desktop is sufficient for me since they’re all very configurable by default (keyboard shortcuts!). The need for a tiling window manager doesn’t apply to me since 1) I work on my laptop/netbook (10in-13in), so I usually have windows maximized; 2) I’m pretty fast with Alt-Tab; and 3) non-minimal window manangers have certain services all set up, such as sound/video control (with shortcuts), network manager, etc. Basically, having convenient applets, a quick way to move between windows, and a quick way to launch apps (think Mac OS X’s Spotlight) makes me happy.
Nonetheless, I toyed with StumpWM again but decided I’m not ready for it yet. Maybe I will be ready the next time when I’m using a bigger screen. I’ll outline my trial for documentation.
I followed this to set up StumpWM on Ubuntu. This screencast gives a good overview of the powers of StumpWM.
sudo apt-get install sbcl sbcl-doc ## common lisp compiler
## enter following in sbcl prompt
## select [SKIP-GPG-CHECK] when asked. Have to do this a few times
## more install
sudo apt-get install xorg-dev
git clone git://git.savannah.nongnu.org/stumpwm.git ## use latest version
sudo make install
sudo make install stalonetray ## for docking applets from GNOME
Add StumpWM as an entry in GDM Sessions Menu
sudo emacs -q -nw /usr/share/xsessions/stumpwm.desktop
## add following
Comment=This session logs you into StumpWM (a minimalistic window manager)
Restart computer and choose StumpWM when logging in.
;; -*- lisp -*-
(stumpwm::run-shell-command "dropbox start -i")
;; (stumpwm::run-shell-command "")
;; (stumpwm::run-shell-command "")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "M-Tab") "pull-hidden-next")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "M-ISO_Left_Tab") "pull-hidden-previous") ;; shift
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "M-]") "pull-hidden-next")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "M-[") "pull-hidden-previous")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "s-Tab") "fnext")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "s-]") "gnext")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "s-[") "gprev")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "s-b") "move-focus left")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "s-n") "move-focus down")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "s-p") "move-focus up")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "s-f") "move-focus right")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "M-F4") "kill")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "s-s") "fullscreen")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "M-F2") "exec")
(define-key *top-map* (kbd "s-SPC") "exec")
(define-key *root-map* (kbd "M-F") "fullscreen")
I want to try xmonad next when I have time. My verdict now is to stay with GNOME.
This is what I envision the future of computing to be if things were up to me. I can turn on any computer and be able to access an environment that has all the applications I use via a web login. That is, I should be able to remotely log in to my computer/server from any computer that has a web browser and be able to do things on it very fast. I also envision computers to be portable like that of an ipad, but with a keyboard peripheral that can connect to the device to turn it into a laptop (can’t live without keyboard shortcuts; think emacs and conkeror).
The cloud computing piece is partially addressed by eyeOS. However, I have not yet tried it since it isn’t Debian-based (hence not “mainstream”) and appears to have to be installed on top of a another OS (eg, via VirtualBox). I would want the remote login from the web to be a built in feature of Debian.
The portability piece I’m sure will be widely available soon due to all the tablet manufacturing going on. I’ve actually seen one with a portable keyboard attached to turn the tablet into a laptop prior to the ipad release, but have forgotten the link.
I wonder if my dream will come true.
stumpwm is to window managing (tiling?) system what emacs is to text editing and conkeror is to web browsing.
very cool. if i was on a linux laptop/desktop like i used to be, i would definitely use this. i’m even debating on quitting my mac os x for this (with emacs and conkeror). however, i most likely won’t since mac os x is pretty stable and most new stuff will be compatible with it (ease of use, plug and play).
i wanted to get stumpwm working on mac os x (intel based) like this post, but i never got it to work. somehow, i got it to work. my steps:
- update xquartz like the post said.
- install sbcl via macports.
UPDATE: actually, i think i used the sbcl for mac via this site.
- download the stumpwm source:
git clone git://git.savannah.nongnu.org/stumpwm.git
- followed the README file of stumpwm for sbcl:
<pre class="src src-sh">$ sbcl
* (require ‘asdf)
* (require ‘asdf-install)
* (asdf-install:install ‘clx)
* (asdf-install:install ‘cl-ppcre)
this step gave me MANY errors. i kept selecting the option to retry and continue like crazy. i finally gave up.
- continued with README
<pre class="src src-sh">autoconf <span style="color: #ff4500;">##</span><span style="color: #ff4500;">get if not available. macports?</span>
./configure ##may need to specify sbcl if clisp is also installed
stumpwm binary should be installed
- put following in ~/.xinitrc:
exec ~/Downloads/stumpwm/stumpwm ## path to stumpwm binary
launch programs in X (for example, xterm). look at stumpwm manual for keyboard shortcuts. very cool. this makes me REALLY want to go back to linux as my main computer.
in any linux gui environment, u can define custom keyboard shortcuts for anything, whether its executing a shell command to anything u can think of.
i love my macbook, but i really hate how Apple WILL NOT let me customize things the way i want it. they really force you into their philosophies: we say things should be simple for everyone so we will rely on the mouse. this is BS.
well, i recently figured out a way to resize and move my emacs frame with the keyboard, and i wanted to do that with all windows on my mac like in unix. after googling, i found 2 ways:
- mercury mover, which costs $24. no way! the method is a lot like emacs do re mi though. this is good.
- use this guy’s applescripts together with spark.
Spark is a great hotkey manager. Great addon to Mac to bring yet another useful feature from linux. I first used spark with emacs remember mode for jotting down notes in the middle of my work. Will write about that next.
I think i should tweak the applescript to somehow make it like mercury mover.