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  1. A dynamic tiling window manager designed for X11, inspired by wmii, and written in C.

    Ideal Monitor Rotation for Programmers about 3 days ago:

    i3* does that. You specify a set of workspaces and their screens. Personally I go a step further and set programs to specific workspaces as well. This works really nice with a docked/undocked setup. When the additional monitors are disconnected, all workspaces move to the main(laptop) display. eg, I have workspaces 1,2,5,9 on monitor 1 and screens 3,4,6,7,8,10 on monitor 2. When undocked all 10 workspaces move to...
  2. AWM

    Awesome WM

    This hasn't been added to SaaSHub yet

  3. xmonad is a dynamically tiling X11 window manager that is written and configured in Haskell.

    Any window manager guides? about 30 days ago

    I would also suggest i3 like the others for most people but if you do have some programming experience then you could also take a look at qtile that is written and configured in Python or xmonad written and configured in Haskell.
  4. Openbox is a highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support.

  5. dwm is a dynamic window manager for X. It manages windows in tiled, monocle and floating layouts. All of the layouts can be applied dynamically, optimising the environment for the application in use and the task performed.

    What window manager / desktop environment is this ? about 6 days ago

    Check related projects, maybe you'll find something.
  6. Gala is a window manager / compositing manager and an integral part of Pantheon, the desktop...

  7. KWin is a window manager for the X Window System, and is in the process of becoming a Wayland...

  8. Fluxbox is a window manager for X that was based on the Blackbox 0.61.1 code.

    The Essence operating system at Handmade Seattle 2021 [video] about 6 days ago:

    If you're using X, the fluxbox window manager supports tabbed windows:
  9. Productivity and Qt

  10. spectrwm is a small dynamic tiling window manager for X11.

    How can I undo mod+v? about 5 days ago

    I'm a recent convert to i3/sway, after a solid decade using spectrwm (which has not been ported to Wayland, I'm afraid).
  11. herbstluftwm is a manual tiling window manager for X11 using Xlib and Glib.

    Looking for a FancyZones-like tiling manager for Linux about 3 months ago

    Herbstluftwm ( has two ways to achieve what you want. And it plays nice with XFCE (and probably KDE) so you don't have to give up a traditional DE to use it.
  12. Enlightenment is not just a window manager for Linux/X11 and others, but also a whole suite of...

    Follow-up to: I want Linux from Win as soon as I wake up,... about 9 months ago

    You could try Enlightenment, an old, forgotten gem. I use a distro designed for it (Elive Linux) but that's optional especially since the betas which are the only supported versions not using Debian Wheezy are using an "outdated-looking" (personally I like it) E16 desktop.
  13. Also known as Joe's Window Manager. Created in 2003, one of the default window manager for Puppy Linux, and actively updated by Joe, its creator.

    Windows or debian for a potato laptop about 3 months ago

    Absolutely yes - I had a very, really old toshiba satellite A50 from 2006 or so, I just can't remember the year, maybe older, but it is really old (it still is somewhere around here, although I've never used it anymore) running debian 32 bits with jwm (I prefer this over openbox or other minimalist DE - this is something where you should take some time trying, to see which it's best for you and for that machine).
  14. Window Maker is a free and open-source window manager for the X Window System

    Any suggestions for a tiling WM? about 5 months ago:

    Look at Very configurable, tiles if you want, lots of little gadgets work with it. Always been one of my favorites!
  15. icewm home page . Bug Tracking. If you have a patch, a bug report or a feature request to submit, please do so at the icewm project page at SourceForge.

  16. The professional website platform for Drupal & WordPress sites.

    How to take back website from web developer? about 3 months ago

    If I were in your position, I would find a Wordpress hosting company that lets you have free “sandbox” sites (basically, you can’t set up your official domain or have search engines index the site until you start paying them, but you can visit the site and make sure that everything works in that new environment before terminating your relationship with the original dev). I personally like Pantheon, and I think a...
  17. XFW


    This hasn't been added to SaaSHub yet

  18. Ratpoison is a simple window manager with no fat library dependencies, no fancy graphics, no window...

    It do be like that tho about 2 months ago

    Or, the alternative is, use a completely command line operating system. No mouse required, ever. Easy peasy! Or, you could just use ratpoison.
  19. Project information. Maintainer: PS Project Management Team. Driver: Compiz Maintainers. Licence: GNU GPL v2, GNU LGPL v2. 1, MIT / X / Expat Licence.

  20. Wayland is intended as a simpler replacement for X, easier to develop and maintain.

    My Trackpoint Odyssey on ThinkPad T460S about 4 days ago

    A break in my perusals was when I found the Arch Linux page for configuring the trackpoint. It led me to the page that came with an overwhelming documentation on the libinput drivers for recent Linux kernels and where all the files were held and, if you dare, an incredibly dense, but well written, article about the design of pointing sticks in general. I believe the true answer to a...