Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Oct 2007 14:43 UTC
Window Managers xmonad 0.4 has been released. "xmonad is a tiling window manager for X. Windows are arranged automatically to tile the screen without gaps or overlap, maximising screen use. Window manager features are accessible from the keyboard: a mouse is optional. xmonad is written, configured and extensible in Haskell. Custom layout algorithms, key bindings and other extensions may be written by the user in Haskell, in config files. Window layouts are applied dynamically, and different layouts may be used on each workspace. Xinerama is fully supported, allowing windows to be tiled across several physical screens."
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Good Idea
by dimitar on Sat 20th Oct 2007 21:45 UTC
dimitar
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2007-10-19

I (and probably its not only me) spend too much time finding, unminimizing (uniconizing or whatever), moving, rearranging windows. These unorthodox keyboard-controled window managers can help solve this issue - they place the windows perfectly and you don't need to hunt windows with your mouse. And the best thing is that you have plenty of choice! You have wmii, ratpoison, xmonad and Ion. I think that computers must improve life by both making things easier and aiding you to think differently. Traditional WM's do not do that - they just emulate the real world desk: http://toastytech.com/guis/desk.html


But what has happened with that button behind "Cancel" and "Resize" on that screenshot below?
http://xmonad.org/images/screen-droundy-mosaic.png

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RE: Good Idea
by thebackwash on Sat 20th Oct 2007 23:31 in reply to "Good Idea"
thebackwash Member since:
2005-07-06

that's due to the GIMP not knowing how to redraw its windows properly below certain dimensions. xmonad's probably not suitable for image editing anyway.

the orthogonal design of unix has its ups and downs, and this is one of the downsides. interesting design philosophy, though.

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RE[2]: Good Idea
by zizban on Sun 21st Oct 2007 00:36 in reply to "RE: Good Idea"
zizban Member since:
2005-07-06

Ah, kids these days! In my day we used w9wm.

http://www.grassouille.org/code/w9wm.en.html

Two pixel border, little configuration, no thinking :-)

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