Originally Posted by MTK358
I also never really "got" tiling WMs. What if I want a window to be a specific size (which it most of the time), not stretched to fit together?
I totally get tiling wms - I spend far too much time all the time throughout the day moving/rejigging windows about, trying to widen this, narrow that, move that new window that popped up out of the way etc. Each time it's take the mouse and jiggle things about. And that happens several times an hour if you are opening/closing files and apps a lot. At least it seems to me I am sometimes spending as much time managing how I do things (arranging screen, menus, files etc.) as I am actually doing things and that bugs me.
Especially noticable on a laptop's small screen or when you have multiple screens. If you start to notice how much time you spend on moving/sizing windows, you'll realise it is not a useful thing to do and ought to be "outsourced"
The solution to that is either
a) spend time setting up current wm to a)put windows in specific places/screens each time, per application/file/title (can be a lot of work if you start applications many different ways, from CLI and menus and filemanagers etc.) and configure keys to move/fit/resize
b) use a tiling wm that does automagically do a lot of that out of the box, has keys/actions/modes preconfigured
I really like the idea of a tiling wm - I dont want to spend time managing windows, that is what I want the wm to do...
When I tried some tiling wms I quite liked i3 - i immediately understood how to use it (ok, it does help that it shows an info file open when it starts), how to tweak its behaviour a little, and the way to fit, split, rejig with a keystroke without losing time.
I dont have the X understanding to figure out how to add the right kind of basic task/status/info bar to one just yet, and i need a clock/clipboard manager and power manager. I need to find the right bar and how to configure it for the right stuff etc. I will probably revisit this later but I have other things to figure out first.
so I am doing a) on fluxbox for now