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What WM should I use? - hayden - 11-12-2016

Hey fellow Nixers! I was using i3, until I decided to switch to GNOME on my laptop. Now, I realize I really don't need a DM, and I would like a new WM to try. I don't have much programming experience. Can anyone recommend a good WM for me?


RE: What WM should I use? - rocx - 11-12-2016

cwm. It's kinda extensible, it's pretty keyboard-oriented, and it's also kind of mouse-functional if you find ourself with your hand on the ball or the squeaker. The only con I know if is if you want to have a bar showing which window groups are active, tough luck, kid.


RE: What WM should I use? - pranomostro - 12-12-2016

Were you unhappy with i3? What do you like in a WM, what do you dislike?
Should it have mouse-support? How difficult is the configuration language allowed to be?
Which platforms do you need your WM for?


RE: What WM should I use? - hayden - 12-12-2016

(12-12-2016, 10:58 AM)pranomostro Wrote: Were you unhappy with i3? What do you like in a WM, what do you dislike?

I wasn't necessarily 'unhappy' with i3, just wanted to try something new.

(12-12-2016, 10:58 AM)pranomostro Wrote: Should it have mouse-support? How difficult is the configuration language allowed to be?

Mouse support would be nice, and the configuration language shouldn't be too hard.

(12-12-2016, 10:58 AM)pranomostro Wrote: Which platform do you need you WM for?

Just Arch Linux.


RE: What WM should I use? - venam - 12-12-2016

(12-12-2016, 11:31 AM)hayden Wrote: I wasn't necessarily 'unhappy' with i3, just wanted to try something new.
You can check the extensive list found on the arch wiki ( https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Window_manager ).

On a side note, it would be nice to have a questionnaire that would answer "which wm should I choose".


RE: What WM should I use? - hayden - 12-12-2016

venam, didn't you create 2bwm?


RE: What WM should I use? - venam - 12-12-2016

(12-12-2016, 12:32 PM)hayden Wrote: venam, didn't you create 2bwm?
Everything is a remix.


RE: What WM should I use? - acg - 12-12-2016

(12-12-2016, 12:27 PM)venam Wrote: On a side note, it would be nice to have a questionnaire that would answer "which wm should I choose".

That would be kinda cool instead of just having them classified as tiling, floating, etc..,

@hayden i did install some "major" ones when i started looking for a wm. have you tried anything besides i3?


RE: What WM should I use? - hayden - 12-12-2016

(12-12-2016, 01:49 PM)albertocg Wrote: have you tried anything besides i3?

No, I have not.


RE: What WM should I use? - jkl - 12-12-2016

I can recommend awesome wm (works nicely OOTB) or herbstluftwm (needs tweaking for optimal results). :)