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Tiling your Linux applications

  • Episode 222
  • December 20, 2011

Robbie and Christa introduce you to a Python script which lets you tile the windows on your Linux desktop, helping you organize your running applications and improve ergonomics.

This episode is sponsored in part by: Liquid Image, Garden Gate Farms, Planet Calypso & Pogoplug.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Christa Wells present live from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Tonight marks 222 episodes of Category5 TV.
  • Telestream Wirecast, live chroma key, and why we use a green screen (instead of a blue screen).
  • Our new site.
  • The Category5 TV mobile site.
  • Christa and Robbie exchange Christmas gifts.
  • Viewer Photos. Thanks to Brimurray (who receives 100 bonus viewer points) for sending in his photo.
  • Christa (the Mac user) complains about her PC.
  • Viewer Testimonials.
  • Viewer Comment: I want a Christmas special where you where Christmas hats!
  • Viewer Question: I liked your tutorial on how to mount an SMB share, but when I try to mount mine, I get a permissions error. What do I need to do?
  • Using a specific username when connecting to a samba share from Linux.
  • Viewer Question: Can you stream Category5 live without using Flash?
  • {play 29:50}Top stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • {play 32:56}LED light bulbs still have a ways to go.
  • {play 39:34}Feature: Using PyTyle to tile the applications on your Linux screen.
  • Robbie's repetitive stress injuries have lead him to try to find ways to reduce RSI in the workplace, and tiling windows is a good way to deprecate your second monitor in a dual-monitor setup (which can result in neck injury over time).
  • Make sure you have the latest version of Python.{code}sudo apt-get install python-xlib{/code}
  • Download PyTyle via the hotlink
  • Install PyTyle with the provided Python script.{code}sudo python install{/code}
  • Running PyTyle for the first time. Notice, nothing seems to happen, because you need to use the hotkeys to make it do its thing:
    • Alt-A to tile
    • Alt-C to cycle through your tiled applications
    • Alt-U to untile
  • Viewer Question: What if an application already uses one of the PyTyle hotkeys? (Answer not known but keybindings are definitely possible. Robbie was looking at [this] thread but did not find the answer while live, and this thread may or may not lead to an answer)
  • Viewer Question: Does PyTyle work with Compiz?
  • {play 53:08}Special Viewer Appearance: _Jot_ sends his greetings and discusses his multiple wins during Category5 prize giveaways.
  • How to win a Pogoplug by posting a viewer testimonial.
  • Robbie and Christa enjoy the closest thing to sufganiyot they could find and wish viewers Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas.
  • Greetings to viewers joining us from all around the world.


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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Christa Wells



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