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Hello, I'm not a complete newbie to linux, in fact, I have used linux for over 5 years now, but I've had this dilemma lately... I recently got a Dell ...
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    Keyboard Mouse?


    Hello,
    I'm not a complete newbie to linux, in fact, I have used linux for over 5 years now, but I've had this dilemma lately...

    I recently got a Dell Laptop D600, and I don't really like either of the mouse things - touchpad or pointer thing. But I don't want to use a USB mouse because I don't want to carry an extra mouse around on business trips, on airplanes, etc.

    I want to map my mouse events onto the keyboard, but I can't quite figure out how. I've tried to explore gpm and xmodmap but I don't think those offer the capabilities. Can somebody tell me how I can like, press the left Windows-button, and turn that into a mouse click, so I can like surf the net with just my keyboard?

    Thanks!

    Oh, my profession is Unix network admin I don't do much with XFree86

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    hmm, I'm not very sure, but you may want to have a look at linEAK which is a program that lets you configure buttons on your keyboard to do things.

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    [sether's_bias]
    You might want to check out ratpoison, a window manager that's designed to be controlled completely by the keyboard. There are a few other window managers that are keyboard driven as well.
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    Browsing the web is a bit difficult with the mouse however, but I've found a few ways to cope.
    * Use a browser that's keyboard friendly. Here are a few. I prefer w3m or elinks most of the time.
    * If you need to use Mozilla/Firefox, there are a few ways to deal with this. Try using numberedlinks which will allow you to type a number that corresponds to a link on the current page. You can also just go to the link the old-school way with Tab and Shift+Tab. Press enter to go to the link, Ctrl+enter to open the link in a new tab. Use / to find keywords on the current page. Use Alt+LeftArrow to go back in browsing history. There's probably a million other keybindings, but these are the basic ones.

    If you have any other questions about using the keyboard to do everything I might be able to help since it's been my unofficial mission to accomplish this on my computer.

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    Thanks! I'll try that once I get home and get some spare time on my hands

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