On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 04:11:38PM -1000, david wrote:
I have for the last decade or so set whatever window manager I've used to focus on mouse. Every window manager I've seen on Linux has this as an option; although I'd have to go back probably 20 years to find one that had it as a default (Sun OpenLook? HP CDE?).
Focus on mouse means that, wherever the mouse is over, that window is where whatever I am typing is going to get typed. I don't have to click on a window (or bring it to the front, if it is a non-tiling window manager) in order to switch from one window to another. This makes it very fast and easy to switch between windows. In ion3 I can also do it with key commands as well.
Anything that moves the mouse while I am typing, screws me up massively. I end up with stuff typed in wrong windows. It sucks a lot. ThinkPad nurples do that to me, hence I don't use them.
To be fair, the trackpad on the EEE does this to me occasionally too, since my palm will occasionally contact the trackpad and move my mouse around, causing me to exclaim "AARRRGHH!!". I dislike that a great deal. But it happens far less often than with the IBM nurple. Also, trying to do any kind of fine graphic manipulation (i.e. GIMP, or even selecting text in an xterm!) with a nurple is beyond frustrating for me. Trackpads and mice can do fine manipulatinos with a lot more coarse movements.
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