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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 8:25 pm    Post subject: Seeking a dynamic tiling WM as polished as i3 Reply with quote

I've been using i3 for some time and IMHO it's one of the most feature complete (e.g. dynamic/re-nameable workspaces/tags) , thought through, reliable, established and easily configurable tilings WMs out there.
However, it's too manual (although it provides limitless flexibility) for me and I'd like my WM to be more dynamic and automatic, like dwm (which is too static for me in terms of tag creation/renaming and has separate tagsets for workspace) or XMonad (bug 426772 rules it out for the moment and Haskell configuration is somewhat cumbersome) . And being able to set multiple tags/workspaces on windows would also be nice.

So could anyone recommend such a WM that would be as polished as i3 but would be dynamic?
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

awesome wm comes to my mind.

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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used Awesome before i3, but what really pissed me off is that when you change the XRandR screen configuration, it restarts and looses information about client position on dynamically created workspaces (I used the shifty library for that). Otherwise it was almost perfect.
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont know how that is now since I dont use XrandR, but awesome had some great updates so maybe that issue is fixed already.

If not I guess screenful maybe could work?
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It appears awesome still restarts on XRandR change as per this thread and I'm not the only one who doesn't like his tags and windows being reset when a monitor is added.

Awesome is a great WM apart form this glitch, but it's a show stopper for me. So if I wanted a dynamic WM like Awesome but one which handles XRandR events sanely, which would that be?
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So no awesome, no xmonad end no dwm?

The only thing I can think of beside those is catwm and qtile where I think qtile is more like i3 than catwm.
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've already looked into qtile, it's still in early stages of development and lacks many features I'd like.

catwm is abandoned and essentially just an improved dwm

Right now it looks like I'll have to decide between dwm, awesome and xmonad. Dwm is too static, awesome restarts on monitor change, so XMonad seems to be the only viable choice for me for the moment (that wakeup bug has a workaround).

I was just hoping there was a different WM I forgot about.
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess not because all things I suggest you already tried.

I don't know what you think of Fluxbox in combination with WumWum and XrandR. It is perhaps something you could look into.
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wumwum is a nice program, wasn't aware of it. But it's too simple for my needs.
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