Linked by David Adams on Thu 12th May 2011 17:19 UTC, submitted by rhyder
Graphics, User Interfaces Back in the 80s, a GUI paradigm called WIMP (Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pointer) began to establish itself as the new way in which most people interacted with a computer. When it comes to one of the most significant elements of that system, overlapping windows, I'm beginning to wonder, has it had its day?
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Tiling WMs
by Elv13 on Thu 12th May 2011 21:07 UTC
Elv13
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I use AwesomeWM since 3 years, I wont ever look back to floating window WMs. Having rules to manage your window let you with minimal effort and save time for ever.

-A terminal or file browser don't need to be full screen, but having more than 6 at once make them unusable: made a for that
-Browser are better full screen: made a rule for that
-Office documents dont need to ba too large, they represent a slide (640x480 to 1024x768 depending on the projector and final screen size) or a piece of paper (8.5"x11" in America) so two can go on the same screen: made a rule for that

And so on. Once you have your rules setupped, window size and position will be managed for you. There is a tag system, a more advanced version of virtual desktop to group windows by activity, context and layout. So you can have 20 windows open and switch from configuration to configuration and context to context without ever "breaking" your layout. Think of it as a way to save different AeroSnap configuration in Window7 without having to manage it (once the rules are done).

Of course, this is not perfect. It does not work out of the box and it is optimized only for you and you alone. Everybody else will find it unusable because he/she is not the author of the rules. But to manage windows/activity/context on one computer, it is by far superior to floating WMs

(awesomewm support floating with tilebar too, but I use it only for popups and java apps)

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