It's highly recommended to use ratpoison or stumpwm. However, the following should work on any desktop environment (e.g. Gnome and KDE)


  • xwrits - reminds you to take wrist breaks

    well, in case you don't have workrave or RSIBreak

    Update: Recent years, I've used a Android app BodhiTimer to keep track the time. It's simple, elegant and open source.

  • xbindkeys - a key-grabbing program for X

    can be used to define combination keys that simulate behaviors of ratpoison

  • dmenu - dynamic menu (includes dmenurun, and dmenupath)

    open program through keystrokes

  • xmodmap - utility for modifying keymaps and pointer button mappings in X

    Emacs key (make enter and cap ctrls)

Some old Configurations

Old and not used for a while (kept as a reference)

NOTE: GNU Guile is required to configure xbindkeys for more advanced features.

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