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We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about Sway and what they use it for.
  • tiling window manager
    If I wanted to run a tiling WM now I'd try out sway, which bills itself as a drop-in replacement for i3 on Wayland. - Source: Reddit / 9 days ago
  • Asahi Linux To Users: Please Stop Using X.Org
    Sway is supposed to be a drop-in replacement for i3. And they're probably the biggest outside of Gnome and KDE, so the support should be pretty good -- they maintain wlroots, which is what all the smaller Wayland compositors use. - Source: Reddit / 16 days ago
  • My full desktop mode rice. Replaced KDE with i3 and mapped everything I need to use it to controls with steam input.
    If you like i3, you might want to try - Source: Reddit / 17 days ago
  • Switching between desktop mode and game mode restarts?
    I got fed up enough that I put a launcher for a "Desktop Mode" inside gaming mode. (I actually use use a tiling window manager called Sway instead of KDE because I've always felt I wasn't a real Linux dude if I didn't have rice). - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Why Use Linux?
    Here's another big one. I have an inflammatory condition that occasionally makes using a mouse painful and a trackpad very inaccurate. On a Mac, I'm just screwed. On Windows, I'm more screwed than I used to be (through XP, Windows was completely navigable via the keyboard, as was Office). On BSD or Linux, I can replace the GUI with programs like Sway or i3, which not only makes the UI more keyboard-friendly,... - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Linux vs. Mac
    - iCloud sync. I use an iPhone and frequently make use of iMessage, photos, and clipboard syncing between devices. I know that you can replicate a lot of that with Android and Linux, but at this point I'm pretty deep in Apple's ecosystem and am unlikely to switch away anytime soon. The biggest thing I miss is having a good tiling window manager experience. I have a desktop running Sway[0] and really love it. I've... - Source: Hacker News / about 2 months ago
  • I3 Lock Blur
    I know this is gonna be downvoted, but if you decide to move to sway in the future, you have swaylock-effects to do exactly that. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Replacing Win 11 with Arch on my laptop
    Once you start w/the Tiling WMs, everything else seems bloated and ineffecient. I3WM makes it easy to test Wayland too as ou can fire up a SWAY session instead and it will use your I3 configs. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • anyone knows how can i get waydroid running on i3
    If you really want to use waydroid then you can give Sway a go. It's an i3 drop-in replacement for Wayland. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Can I get rid of my desktop environment and run programs from the terminal?
    Have a look at a tiling window manager such as sway On that website you can see a small demo video, I think this is most likely what you are looking for. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Why didn't i discover this earlier
    i3wm is completely xorg based so Firefox is unable to use wayland client(don't get me wrong Firefox xorg client also works fine and completely usable), however there is sway wm if you want, which is wayland based and this trick will work. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Elementary OS 7
    I have noticed in one of your comments in this thread that you are looking for novel ideas of the UI look. As others commenters stated, you might be interested in tiling window managers like i3 [0] or sway [1]. They are truly a gem for productivity and sometimes for an eye [2]. However, I love the concept of scrollable window manager like PaperWM [3] is. When I had a smaller screen (24" 16:9) I was complaining a... - Source: Hacker News / 4 months ago
  • Anyone here use tiling window managers?
    Hi! HHKB user since 2004. Linux user since '95. I've been using tiling window managers for about 20 years. I've tried a few. Ratpoison first, then ion, then xmonad, then spectrwm (which is my favourite), but since I moved to wayland a couple of years ago, I've settled on sway ( Meta-Return spawns a terminal (, which is blazingly fast, using very little resources).... - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Manjaro i3 user thinking of trying out Gnome looking for a bit of help
    GNOME is great but it'll never behave like i3. If you want something similar to i3 that works on Wayland, you've got Sway. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Window size & placement [Wayland/GNOME]
    If you don't specifically care about using gnome you can probably still run some gnome services but just use sway/wlroots as your window manager/wayland compositor and use command criteria to assign windows to specific workspace and resize and move them, and configure keybindings or use sway-msg cli tool to manually arrange. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • The goal: Use Fedora 37 with Snapper to get a "riceable" Linux desktop that can be rolled back like a time machine (and some comments on why I don't use Silverblue)
    Thankfully there is progress on this, such as Sway and other wlroots based minimalist window managers. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Please help with software choice
    For the Radxa Zero, I might look at tiling window managers, like i3, awesome, or sway. While tiling managers look quite primitive, they're small, fast, and they get the job done. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • Best tiling manager for two monitors ?
    For Wayland, I recently adopted nwg-shell at work. It's based on sway and I think it's awesome! - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Is Wayland worth it right now?
    I've been installing Gentoo on my new desktop these past couple of days (look I was reading about configuring the kernel and using the dist-kernel and I screwed a few things up at first) and I thought about configuring a tiling wm and looking into Wayland. River looks interesting because it's similar to bspwm, but I know Sway is more widely adopted and has a bit more builtin features. - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Is the Gnome version as 'good' as the KDE one?
    Answer is yes. Yes, OpenSUSE has the fame of the great packaging and implementation of KDE, but its default DE is Gnome. Or there are many other (usually more hacker-friendly) DEs included in Tumbleweed (e.g., I use OpenSUSEway based on sway). - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • macOS Multi-Monitor Problems
    Https:// Is this what you're referring to? - Source: Hacker News / about 1 year ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of Sway

Top 13 Best Tiling Window Managers For Linux In 2022
Sway is a tiling Wayland i3-compatible window manager that dynamically arranges app windows to rationally maximise desktop space. It is free, open-source, and lightweight. By default, it arranges windows in a grid and supports practically all of the i3 commands.
13 Best Tiling Window Managers for Linux
Sway is a free, open-source, and lightweight tiling Wayland i3-compatible window manager that automatically arranges app windows to logically maximize desktop space. It arranges windows into a grid by default and supports almost all the commands included in i3.

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