What are some alternatives?
When comparing i3 and awesome, you can also consider the following products
dwm - 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.
bspwm - A tiling window manager based on binary space partitioning
Xmonad - xmonad is a dynamically tiling X11 window manager that is written and configured in Haskell.
Fluxbox - Fluxbox is a window manager for X that was based on the Blackbox 0.61.1 code.
Ratpoison - Ratpoison is a simple window manager with no fat library dependencies, no fancy graphics, no window...
IceWM - 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.