Tiled window manager

Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.

I installed the awesome window manager last night, after reading this thread and seeing a few screenshots for tiled window managers. Here’s the Arch version, with little to no setup.

I have to be honest: I can only see part of the appeal. It makes sense to me if you spend most of your time in a low- or non-graphic environment, maybe coding or relying on terminal programs (like rtorrent or cplay or others ;) ). But otherwise, it’s not as exciting as I suspected it would be.

I got no immediate speed increase over Openbox, which in retrospect doesn’t surprise me, since you’re still running X underneath the pseudo-terminal environment. Graphical programs run about the same speed, since things aren’t any different for them, except that they’ve been mashed into windows of unusual dimensions.

I also see in some screenshots where you can do compositing and so forth with awesome or another tiling wm, but that sounds even more self-contradictory. Why composite a tiled wm?

Either way, awesome is alluring and interesting on its own, partly because you kind of get the best of both worlds. Windows pop into place in a tiled fashion, but you’re free to drag them around the screen as you need (but again, that begs the question, why a tiled wm in the first place?).

It’s interesting to play with, but I don’t think it’s for me. But of course, these things have a way of gnawing at me, and probably in a year’s time I’ll be using awesome 24-7 and trying to convince newbies on the forums that awesome is the only way to go. :roll: :lol:

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7 Responses to “Tiled window manager”


  1. 2 Luke Maciak 2007/12/14 at 12:32 AM

    Have you ever used Twin? It is a tiny window manager designed to run on the console with no X.

    Here is a screenshot of it running in a terminal taken from my Day Without X post. :)

    I’m not sure how usable it would be in the long run, but it is small and fast.

  2. 3 Slava_Askeri 2007/12/14 at 5:16 AM

    Try xmonad. Cool stuff.

  3. 4 Onyros 2007/12/16 at 11:44 PM

    Jeez… Awesome is addictive. Incredibly so.

    I started playing around with it, the first time it lasted a couple of hours: the novelty effect. It soon wore off.

    Later on… it started itching. I had a WM epiphany, and imagined it could be THE window manager I had been looking for all this time.

    Soon enough, I had this: http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/574/awesome07qe7.jpg (that’s still running on Ubuntu, with a lot of unnecessary daemons and services lying around).

    I’ve grown so used to ALT+# (1 to 9) that I can’t even imagine doing things differently right now :P

    Using Awesome with gmrun seems like the perfect combination, right now. I did a little script to launch gmrun, and using its history as an adapted menu. When gmrun is launched I have the gmrun.history file replaced with a backup which has all the usual commands I use.

    Regarding the speed, I do not notice that much of a difference compared to Flux or Openbox, but the whole tag working process… It saves time. I use a conjunction of floating, max (for browsers and gui email clients, like Claws-Mail) and tiled layouts, and I’m completely amazed.

    http://img337.imageshack.us/my.php?image=awesome13du0.jpg

    BTW, I’ll soon have a little LiveCD up with Awesome as a WM for testing.


  1. 1 See, I knew it would sneak up on me … « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/12/19 at 11:04 PM
  2. 2 Starting to see the appeal « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/10/16 at 6:49 PM
  3. 3 Suddenly things make sense « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2009/01/29 at 9:32 PM

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