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Tiling, stacking & composite window managers
by irbis on Tue 7th Oct 2008 19:29 UTC
irbis
Member since:
2005-07-08

Window managers, windowing systems and their design decisions seem more interesting to me than plain windows in themselves only. For example, stacking or tiling window managers have rather different ideas about useful window management.

At least the tiling window managers for Linux/Unix tend to be very minimalistic and spartan, and would probably turn away most but the more experienced computer users. I wonder how you could better combine some of the tiling window manager features into the easy to use desktop environment idea?

As an example, there's a tiling plugin for Compiz-Fusion available: http://suasol.wordpress.com/2008/06/28/new-tiling-plugin-for-compiz...

Edited 2008-10-07 19:45 UTC

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sakeniwefu Member since:
2008-02-26

I think tiling features should be included by default in all window managers. I find myself often having to tile the windows myself when using a stacking wm. If I am pissed enough I restart a session with dwm(dmenu is great, no need to browse menu-of-the-day), but then I miss the taskbar with network, battery, etc.
I seem to remember that Windows 3 could tile windows but maybe it was just MDI children.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Windows up to Vista can tile windows. If you right click on the taskbar, it can tile them Vertically, or horizontally. Vista calls it "Stacking Windows"

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irbis Member since:
2005-07-08

I think tiling features should be included by default in all window managers.

I agree wholeheartedly.
Anyway, if you miss better window tiling features and use Compiz-Fusion, I recommend that you give the tiling/grid plugin, that I mentioned above, a try:
http://suasol.wordpress.com/2008/06/28/new-tiling-plugin-for-compiz...
It is really handy and one of the few reasons why using compiz feels actually useful (besides of just offering some visually pleasing effects) to me. The key combinations used in tiling are also easy to remember. I hope Compiz folks will integrate it (or something similar) to the mainline Compiz too.

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