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View Poll Results: Do you use a Tiling X Window Manager? Which?
awesome 1 10.00%
dwm 1 10.00%
ion 1 10.00%
larswm 0 0%
ratpoison 0 0%
stumpwm 0 0%
wmii 0 0%
xmonad 1 10.00%
other 1 10.00%
I don't use a tiling window manager KTHXBYE 5 50.00%
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:34 PM   #1
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Tiling X Window Managers

I've been trying to come up with a proper introduction for this thread [something related to current Desktop Environments and their adoption/promotion by various Linux Distributions] but I just can't seem to find the right words; so I'll get to the point:

Do you use a Tiling X Window Manager? Why (not)?
Which do you like best? Which do you like least? Why?
What are the advantages as far as you're concerned? And the disadvantages?


I, for one, use DWM on my laptop. It's small, it's fast and it's written in a language I am familiar with so customisation is a non-issue. I'm currently pondering about going beyond the C header file used for configuration [i.e. start editing the main C file]. The only thing holding me back for now is my uncertainty of having the time/will to manage a personal custom mod [even though I would be the only one using it].

Being a recent convert I can't say I have any "least favorites". However, (re-)reading on various conflicts between various devs of various distributions and the author of ION made sure that's a WM I would -not- like to use.


I'm sorry for omitting any Tiling WM from the poll options; I can't claim to know them all (or even most of them).
Old 05-25-2008, 12:43 PM   #2
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I've been using ratpoison a little on-and-off. Right now I'm using openbox on my debian box and compiz on my ubuntu box (with metacity replacing it when I play games).

I liked rp because it made me feel uberleet. It probably has a small memory footprint too. Most of the time, I have two windows open: screen and firefox; rp handles this beautifully. However, moving windows around is not very efficient with rp, compared to a non-tiling window manager. Also, I like the bling of compiz
Old 06-18-2008, 12:51 PM   #3
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I use ion3 and I really like it. I use along with ROX-filer. Drag and Drop is so much easier when all of your window are in view


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