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Old 11-18-2008, 12:48 PM   #1
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snapping windows to defined screen regions? (without Xinearama hacks, if possible)

Hello everybody!

I haven't been able to find anything about that on google, so here goes... I tend to work with many windows, and I like having all of them in view (maximizing is sometimes just a waste of screen real estate). But always resizing them manually is not very comfortable.

So, is there something that would allow me to define different regions on the screen that the windows would then maximize to? Optimally, the regions would have "sticky borders", like the edges of the screen.

Basically, I'm looking for something like the windows program MaxTo for linux.

I don't really care which window manager it's for (except ion3 or related window managers - I'm using that for work, but sometimes, I just want it to be pretty ), though I'd prefer, in this order: Gnome, xfce, KDE. Hey, don't look at me like that - I said I wanted it pretty, not efficient

Thanks a lot in advance,
Old 11-19-2008, 06:38 AM   #2
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Since you say that you don't want ion3 or similar wm's, then I guess you don't want a tiling wm. But, unfortunately, what you described is exactly the behavior of a tiling wm... I recommend xmonad which is what I use.

About the beauty, well, we all know that it's in the eye of the beholder. But anyway, what's the non-pretty part about these? If all you miss is the gnome menus or something like that, you should know that it should be perfectly possible to replace the gnome wm (metacity) with any other wm like xmonad. For example:

Besides all this shinny things, you can as well just launch the panel applications within xmonad if that's what you miss.
Old 11-23-2008, 11:51 AM   #3
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Thanks for the idea... I've had a look at my options, and finally I decided to go for ion3 after all


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