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Ion addresses the problem of navigating between windows by dividing the screen into frames that take up the whole screen and never overlap. Big displays have so much space that this should be convenient and smaller displays couldn't show more than one window at a time anyway. The frame layout is dynamic and different on each workspace. Given the tree instead of coordinate-based frame layout, moving between the frames can be conveniently done from the keyboard. As in PWM, the frames may have multiple clients attached. The author notes that programs with more than one window per document may become practically unusable under Ion. Terminal programs should work better than before, however. Other features include a general purpose line editor (called minibuffer in many text editors) and tab-completion in certain queries. Ion also has support for extensions (that are not wanted in the core source) as loadable modules.
DocumentationUser FAQ available in HTML format from http://modeemi.fi/~tuomov/ion/faq.html
- IRC Help channel
- IRC development channel
released on 29 July 2004
|License||Verified by||Verified on||Notes|
|ClarifiedArtistic||Janet Casey||8 July 2002|
Leaders and contributors
Resources and communication
|Bug Tracking,Developer,Support||Mailing List Info/Archive||http://lists.berlios.de/mailman/listinfo/ion-general|
|Required to build||GNU make|
This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 16 May 2005.