It’s an odd coincidence, but I got an e-mail a day ago asking about making the leap from Gnome to a tiling window manager.
It works much better than the old tile package, which isn’t really around any more, it seems.
Basically there are four or five main window arrangements, and you can bounce between them at the press of a key … or two, if you’re willing to count the Super_* key.
You also have the option to stretch and expand windows, and rotate them through the arrangement. In a small way it sort of reminds me of dvtm, or maybe Awesome.
It’s not a true-blue tiling window manager by any stretch of the imagination, but it does give you a taste. And it comes at a very light cost, in terms of dependencies.
Of course, if you’re running this up against Gnome, the dependencies probably won’t bother you.