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Old 05-13-2011, 11:24 PM   #2041
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I never quite understood the appeal of a tiling window manager…I suppose the typically claimed advantage is that it allows better usage of screen real estate, but what if you're on a small display to begin with? Having window contents crammed into the corners of the screen just doesn't seem appealing to me. :-\
That's why you use a dynamic, or manual tiling window manager. :P

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21802312/scr...ingwindows.png
 
Old 05-13-2011, 11:31 PM   #2042
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Well, I was mostly talking about when you have a bunch of windows on the screen (as in your previous screenshots), but whatever.

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Old 05-14-2011, 12:10 AM   #2043
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so i finally got an animated wallpaper. the wave moves across the screen just like on the psp/ps3.

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/9655/wavelv.jpg
http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/4816/wave1q.jpg
 
Old 05-14-2011, 12:31 AM   #2044
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…got something running in the background that's pushing your cores, or is that just the animated wallpaper thing?
 
Old 05-14-2011, 10:02 AM   #2045
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i was encoding a video at the time :P
 
Old 05-14-2011, 01:08 PM   #2046
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Well, I was mostly talking about when you have a bunch of windows on the screen (as in your previous screenshots), but whatever.
Well I could have those all be floating too, but then they'd be overlapping eachother and other such madness. :P
 
Old 05-16-2011, 01:58 AM   #2047
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made it look a little more old-timey, and i think the wave ties in much better now.

http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/2273/wave7.jpg
 
Old 05-16-2011, 02:42 AM   #2048
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You realise it's totally wasted in a static screen capture, right?
 
Old 05-16-2011, 04:53 AM   #2049
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:25 AM   #2050
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made it look a little more old-timey, and i think the wave ties in much better now.

http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/2273/wave7.jpg
What music player is that?
 
Old 05-16-2011, 06:19 AM   #2051
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What music player is that?
Thats the sonata mpd client.

Also, mark7 i do realize that, i just need to get around to making a nice video screen caputre, none of the programs ive tried so far get along well with this utility for some reason.
 
Old 05-16-2011, 06:25 AM   #2052
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Thats the sonata mpd client.

Also, mark7 i do realize that, i just need to get around to making a nice video screen caputre, none of the programs ive tried so far get along well with this utility for some reason.
Can I ask your opinion about MPD? Is it good? Easy to configure? I never f***ed with it, but I see a lot of people using it.
 
Old 05-16-2011, 09:19 AM   #2053
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It was easy for me to configure, but im a slackware user and very used to editing .config files. So long as you read the comments in the configuration and check the logs the first time it creates a db, youll be fine. Once the initial configuration is done, its a dream, uses practically no resources and even continues to play music when in the CLI.
 
Old 05-16-2011, 10:31 AM   #2054
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Oh ok. Well thanks for that, I will have to check it out then.
 
Old 05-24-2011, 02:12 AM   #2055
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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
 
  


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