LinuxQuestions.org
LinuxAnswers - the LQ Linux tutorial section.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware
User Name
Password
Slackware This Forum is for the discussion of Slackware Linux.

Notices

View Poll Results: Your most favourite tiling window manager ?
awesome (Lua hacking) 8 7.77%
dwm 9 8.74%
i3 35 33.98%
qtile (Python hacking) 0 0%
spectrwm 5 4.85%
subtle (Ruby hacking) 4 3.88%
wmfs (Lisp hacking) 0 0%
xmonad (Haskell hacking) 13 12.62%
none - I do enjoy to constantly resize & move windows 36 34.95%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 103. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 05-19-2013, 03:05 PM   #16
ozar
Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: USA
Distribution: Arch Linux
Posts: 370

Rep: Reputation: 72

Quote:
Your most favourite tiling window manager ?
That would be dwm for me, although I do run awesome from time to time.
 
Old 05-19-2013, 03:13 PM   #17
sycamorex
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: London
Distribution: Slackware64-current
Posts: 5,563
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024
Quote:
Originally Posted by torimus View Post
I can admit there may be some issues with apps with non-standard/wrong messages handling. As a workaround sending them to a float layer (based on their WM_CLASS or WM_ROLE) does help most of times.
Yes, that's a must with some windows. Some windows/programs are best run in a floating mode (eg. notifications, small programs or anything that would in other windows managers be classified as a 'pop-up' window.)
 
Old 05-19-2013, 03:38 PM   #18
edorig
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2013
Location: France
Distribution: Slackware; Scientific Linux
Posts: 106

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I am not using any tiling windowmanager. Only WindowMaker (with the fsviewer filemanager) or CDE.
Some 10 years ago, I was using fvwm or olvwm (OpenWindows). I regret a bit that olvwm is not anymore in Slackware,
but I guess that it was not anymore compatible with modern X servers. Personally, I don't see why Slackware
should by default install another windowmanager besides twm,mwm,fvwm,WindowMaker and Blackbox. Anyway, if a tiling windowmanager is added to Slackware, I would prefer to have it in extra/ so that it can be installed from pkgtool if needed after the main installation. Ideally, it should not depend on more libraries than twm or fvwm, not take a lot of disk space, and not consume a lot of memory when running. In that way, it will be useful on machines with a minimal X installation (servers) or low memory where a full KDE/GNOME is not an option.
 
Old 05-20-2013, 10:41 AM   #19
BroX
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Sweden
Distribution: Slackware64-current
Posts: 745

Rep: Reputation: 64
I used to be a KDE fan but after giving i3 a try I haven't looked back. On desktop and laptop. As mentioned before, it is easy enough to build, and since I want to stay up to date with the latest features it does not have to be included in Slackware.

However, I think at least one tiling wm should be included in Slackware to make them more accessible to Slackers.
 
Old 05-20-2013, 02:06 PM   #20
jtsn
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2011
Location: Europe
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 803

Rep: Reputation: 354Reputation: 354Reputation: 354Reputation: 354
I like my overlapping windows including focus-follows-mouse and manually z-ordering. I don't use the "Maximize" option of my window manager.
 
Old 05-30-2013, 09:01 PM   #21
padeen
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2009
Location: Perth, W.A.
Distribution: Slackware 14, Debian 7, FreeBSD, OpenBSD
Posts: 176

Rep: Reputation: 34
For those who miss a status bar with the datetime, spectrwm can leave a narrow band of pixels free for the root window. It will then run a command every x seconds and write the output to that band in the font you choose.

I run a straight-forward dash script to display a fairly comprehensive status bar with datetime, cpu use, memory use, battery charge, disk space, weather, moon phase, and ISP quota use.

Last edited by padeen; 05-30-2013 at 09:03 PM. Reason: added detail
 
Old 05-30-2013, 09:24 PM   #22
dugan
Senior Member
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: Canada
Distribution: distro hopper
Posts: 4,637

Rep: Reputation: 1429Reputation: 1429Reputation: 1429Reputation: 1429Reputation: 1429Reputation: 1429Reputation: 1429Reputation: 1429Reputation: 1429Reputation: 1429
I got introduced to i3 via this thread, and it's now my main WM.
 
Old 05-30-2013, 10:06 PM   #23
piratas
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2007
Posts: 16

Rep: Reputation: 0
why there is no ion3/notion?
 
Old 05-30-2013, 10:57 PM   #24
Loomx
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2012
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 21

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
dwm for me.

I like the idea of including a tiling WM in Slackware, but it would make sense if it was one that could be easily customised at runtime via a file (i.e. not dwm) and didn't have any extra dependencies.
 
Old 05-31-2013, 01:21 AM   #25
ChrisAbela
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Location: Malta
Distribution: Slackware 14.1
Posts: 467

Rep: Reputation: 87
My tiling window managers are KDE and XFCE.

I just install x-tile (available from SlackBuilds.org).
 
Old 06-01-2013, 05:13 AM   #26
torimus
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2013
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 81

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by piratas View Post
why there is no ion3/notion?
there are omitted many other tiling wms (stumpwm, herbsluftwm, wmii, notion etc). i simply did chosen most known ones or some i've personal experience with.
 
Old 06-01-2013, 05:19 AM   #27
torimus
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2013
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 81

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by dugan View Post
I got introduced to i3 via this thread, and it's now my main WM.
great once one discovers simplicity and effectiveness of tiling concept there is no way back. however it does presume computer is used more for work then playing
 
Old 06-01-2013, 06:10 AM   #28
markush
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2007
Location: Germany
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 3,970

Rep: Reputation: 848Reputation: 848Reputation: 848Reputation: 848Reputation: 848Reputation: 848Reputation: 848
Hi, we had at least two polls about tiling-WMs here in the Slackware-forum last year.

I'm using Xmonad, but had to switch to i3 now because Xmonad didn't build anymore on current after I've tried to upgrade all the installed packages from slackbuilds.org on my system ;-) That's the disadvantage when on runs current and stable and current differ too much.

It would be nice to have at least one tiling-WM in Slackware, but which one? Xmonad is very good, but it has too much dependencies and is configured with Haskell. i3 is easy to configure, but I would say there are more different configurations than users. Which configuration should be the default for Slackware?
I've noticed your point that they use the keyboard slightly different than the vi-editor. But it was no problem to solve this.
I agree that many Slackware-users use tiling-WMs but as you also noted there are about 50 or more tiling-WMs available. And those who use one are those who don't have any problems to build it for their system.

Markus
 
Old 06-01-2013, 06:58 AM   #29
sycamorex
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: London
Distribution: Slackware64-current
Posts: 5,563
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024Reputation: 1024
Quote:
Originally Posted by markush View Post
i3 is easy to configure, but I would say there are more different configurations than users. Which configuration should be the default for Slackware?
i3 defaults are quite sane so it could be a good starting point (well with the exception of urxvt which is not installed by default on Slackware. That's fixed in i3.SlackBuild). Furthermore, the initial run of i3 welcomes you with a key binding wizard.

From Slackware 14.1 onwards (or the current -current branch), we will be able to enjoy i3 with its full vanilla functionality including pango support.

The only potential "problems" I see with i3 being bundled with Slackware are:

a) dependencies: libev, yajl, dmenu
If we consider i3status as well, 'confuse' will have to be added to the list. These are small packages but still it'll mean a total of 6 additional packages being included with Slackware.

b) i3lock - requires PAM.
 
Old 06-01-2013, 07:38 AM   #30
torimus
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2013
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 81

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by sycamorex View Post
i3 defaults are quite sane so it could be a good starting point (well with the exception of urxvt which is not installed by default on Slackware. That's fixed in i3.SlackBuild). Furthermore, the initial run of i3 welcomes you with a key binding wizard.

From Slackware 14.1 onwards (or the current -current branch), we will be able to enjoy i3 with its full vanilla functionality including pango support.

The only potential "problems" I see with i3 being bundled with Slackware are:

a) dependencies: libev, yajl, dmenu
If we consider i3status as well, 'confuse' will have to be added to the list. These are small packages but still it'll mean a total of 6 additional packages being included with Slackware.

b) i3lock - requires PAM.
dmenu is optional, although somebody may find it more comfortable then launching from xterm/rxvt
i3lock is relatively superfluous as xscreensaver can serve as well.
 
  


Reply

Tags
tiling, window manager


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Get window size with tiling window manager in SDL Snark1994 Programming 1 02-24-2013 08:46 PM
Favourite tiling window manager sycamorex Linux - Desktop 13 12-18-2012 05:46 AM
I never thought I'd get used to a tiling window manager. treewojima Linux - General 3 06-02-2011 04:44 PM
LXer: XMonad: a tiling window manager LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 05-28-2011 11:03 PM
LXer: new dynamic tiling window manager i3 released LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 03-16-2009 05:50 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:46 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration