This might look like it’s the result of my run-in with Yakuake earlier this week, but I’m afraid it’s part of a larger, more dangerous trend — the circular motion that has brought me back to Musca.
Yes, I’m afraid it’s true. I used IceWM for most of the month, and I even put Openbox on the 600m today, but what has drawn me back around is the desire (need?) to use more applications without losing space on the screen. After four or five years at 1600×1200, I’m afraid even 1024×768 isn’t good enough for me if I have to use GUI-based applications.
And more often than not, it seems like GUI-driven stuff is an obstacle, not a convenience. There are always some things where a GUI is still just the easiest way to do things — I renamed about 120 audio files yesterday in the space of seconds with EasyTag, whereas it was taking me the better part of an hour just to get them arranged properly at the terminal. But for other things, it’s just not convenient to swing around the mouse to find one particular button to do a job.
Midnight Commander is quicker and faster than emelFM2 now. Building the Openbox menu seemed like a huge chore, even after I brought in menumaker to do most of the heavy lifting. dmenu-xft is a far better option, if I have to take into consideration the time it took me to click-click-click through ObMenu, instead of just typing in the name of the application.
And Musca is the best splicing of a graphical and console environment, for my purposes. I know Awesome, xmonad, dwm, etc., are all good stuff, but they seem like overkill for me — too many features when all I want is to split the screen four ways and nudge things around a little bit. Each tiling manager has its fan club, but Musca is clean and fast and simple enough to win me over.
It’s a little odd that the applications and window manager I used for months on a Pentium machine running an out-of-date version of X have pulled me back. Although the upside of migrating a software arrangement intended for a 120Mhz machine to a 1.4Ghz machine is an bewildering amount of speed. …