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View Poll Results: Are you using a tiling windowmanager with Slackware?
Yes, I'm using a tiling WM 24 18.75%
No, but I've heard about it 45 35.16%
No, but I'm considering to install one 10 7.81%
Yes, from time to time I use a tiling WM 7 5.47%
Yes, from time to time, depending on what I'm doing 3 2.34%
No, I tried one but I didn't like it 19 14.84%
I don't know what a tiling WM is 20 15.63%
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:56 AM   #46
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I'm using ion3 since 2008, a really good tiling window manager, never used anything else after i installed that. Works like a charm!

Pros: Best window manager :-)
Cons: A bit difficult to compile, however now there's a slackbuild!

I used windowmaker from 2001 to 2008.
 
Old 08-12-2012, 08:40 PM   #47
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I don't see much advantage in a tiling WM. Seeing all those open windows at once would be rather distracting and even with Linux, getting a computer to do too many things at once is asking for trouble.

I generally prefer a single windowed ap that covers the whole screen. With fluxbox you get that but the panel is uncovered and there is always space next to the panel to right click a menu if I want to run something else.

When doing development work, I usually have a terminal and a couple of copies of thunar running (none maximized). In the course of a session, I may have several files open for editing as well. Fluxbox's panel makes it easy to switch between windows at will and hide any that might distract me.
 
Old 08-13-2012, 12:23 AM   #48
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I don't see much advantage in a tiling WM. Seeing all those open windows at once would be rather distracting and even with Linux, getting a computer to do too many things at once is asking for trouble.
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Hi,

the advantage of a tiling WM is not the number of windows on one screen, but the possibility to change between the windows without using the mouse. Also the windows are automatically adjusted on the screen.

A tiling WM has (like fluxbox and others) several desktops which also can be invoked without using the mouse.

Also one doesn't need a menu to start programs, they can be started with the keyboard.

Markus

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Old 08-13-2012, 04:23 AM   #49
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Exactly, one of the main advantages is to total independence of the mouse. If you combine this with the right applications (like Vimperator/Pentadactyl for Firefox, console file-managers, ...) you can create a user interface were you rarely have to reach for the mouse. Of course with the exception if you have to use applications that need the mouse anyway, like image editors.
 
Old 08-13-2012, 04:34 AM   #50
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I generally prefer a single windowed ap that covers the whole screen.
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So do I, and a dynamically tiled window manager is an excellent way of getting exactly that without ever having to maximise an application, but if I want a 50/50 split I also get that without having to do anything other than launch another application. I rarely have more than 2 windows tiled on a workspace at once, and I agree with your point that once you get past 3-4 windows, it all becomes a little impractical..

Don't let the screenshots showing 6-8 windows tiled on a screen fool you. One can take things to silly extremes, but that's really not the best way to take advantage of a tiling WM.
 
Old 08-16-2012, 12:18 PM   #51
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Thanks to this thread and some others I happened to come across recently I have been trying i3wm and am really loving it. That plus Vimperator/Pendatactyl which I just learned about, it's just like using linux again ;-) (I've never really cared for the mouse).

Brian
 
  


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