Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th May 2008 15:00 UTC, submitted by Julien Danjou
Window Managers "Awesome is a floating and tiling window manager. It's extremely fast, small, dynamic and awesome. Windows can be managed in several layouts: tiled, maximized, dwindle, spiral, floating... Each layout can be applied on the fly, optimizing the environment for the application in use and the task performed. Managing windows in tiled mode assures that no space will be wasted on your screen. No gaps, no overlap. Other layouts can be used for different purpose. If you do not want to use the tiling management, you can use the floating layout wich will let you organize your windows as you wish, like any other window manager." Version 2.3-final has been released today.
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by mrforest on Tue 6th May 2008 17:03 UTC
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I know that before I started using a tiling wm I didn't really 'get it' either. But seriously, if you do a lot of dev work then a tiling wm will probably make you more productive.

Not having title bars, getting to use all of my screen real estate, not having to use the mouse... really is a great thing. Also, compared to the bulk of the tiling wms out there, awesome's configuration file is really simple to understand.

One of the gotchas with awesome deals with the way XToolkit/XAWT Java applications are handled. You might end up getting a gray screen. There are a few workarounds, but most tiling window managers have this issue. stumpwm doesn't. So if you are a java dev and want to try out a tiling wm check out stumpwm.

I don't like the idea of having to upgrade my machine every time a new fancy-smanshy desktop is released. Going to tiling wm route is an easy way to prolong the use of your hardware. You can put your system resources to work processing applications instead of rendering GUI widgets.

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