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And any other way you'd like. It's far more dynamic than awesome or dwm although it does less of the work for you. So you'll have to resize those windows yourself (or set rules for them) by hand or by mouse.
Other features of wmii that I like:
You can have more than two columns.
Each column can have as man clients as you like
Each column can separately be in any of 3 different modes, max (monocle for the dwm users), stacked (you can see it on the screenshot on their site), floating, and 'default' which isn't actually the default once installed. And default is what makes it tile like above.
It's configurable in bash, python or ruby (I use python personally but now that I'm more experienced with bash, I'll see what I can do with that config file).
All dependencies are baked in (no worrying about having the proper things installed).
Supports xft fonts for window handles and wmii-bar.
Has nice tagging layout.
Does not require a recompile to apply changes to your rc file.
Written entirely in C.
Also the developer, Kris, is available in #wmii on irc.OFTC.net as John-Galt. He's usually quite nice and willing to help, just don't bug him with stupid questions that are in the pdf :P
Last edited by Ian John Locke II; 10-19-2011 at 10:23 PM.
I tried i3 but I don't find it nearly as snappy as wmii. Also, the concept of i3 (how it works and looks) was based off wmii.
Having spent a lot of time trying to find the 'right' tiling wm (for me) I started with dwm, which I still like because I have to do a little less work to tile. I didn't even bother with XMonad because I had no interest in downloading and installing ghc. I then tried an old version of awesome (for which there were slackbuilds) but that seemed too fancy and wasn't exactly what I wanted. I kind of liked musca but didn't like how static it was.
I then came upon wmii which I thought was hard to configure at first but which I love now because of exactly how configurable it is.
I tried i3 (before I educated myself more on bash and python) but didn't find it nearly as slick as wmii.
I also tried ratpoison and scrotwm but the former is all keychains for "short"(more like long, am I right?)cuts and scrotwm is nice but the bar is ugly and I didn't feel like bothering with dzen(:?2) so I went back to wmii and am quite content.
But like I said, I still use dwm on machines I can't install wmii on. I should take a screen shot of my lab computer... but I won't.
As you can see here wmii is able to do what I want. Actually this was at the first try, I just took the frame with the mouse and moved it upwards. Have to figure out how to do that with the keyboard, but shouldn't be that hard.
So, I will take some time to tweak wmii the way I want (need a notification area/tray for Skype/Claws Mail/ ...), then I will ditch Xmonad (and ghc) for it.
By the way, something went wrong when I tried to compile wmii 3.9.4, no error messages, but did't work as it should, so I just to a package for Arch and installed that. Works fine, as far as I have seen.
Mod-Control-R allows you to enter "resize mode" and h/j/k/l allows you to resize in those directions. Control-h/j/k/l reverses the movement in those directions. Esc allows you to exit resize mode.
Also Mod-Control-T allows you to enter "passthrough mode". If you use pentadactyl then you understand this. Otherwise, this allows you to use whatever key you defined as Mod.
I didn't think there was a 3.9.4 but there is a 3.9.2. And the notification area/tray may require dzen2 but I don't know since I don't use any clients that take advantage of a notification area besides Pidgin.
Last edited by Ian John Locke II; 10-20-2011 at 09:29 PM.