Yesterday I spent some time playing with some alternative window managers. After spending hours and hours tinkering with the internals of GNOME in preparation for my presentation at the Utah Open Source Conference I needed a change of scenery. I experimented with evilwm and openbox primarily. They were both very interesting, and I realized there are so many more that I haven’t even considered yet. What do you use?
I keep hearing about other window managers like Awesome, xmonad, etc, etc. I’m curious about trying them out but I’m not sure I’d know where to start. If you use any of these (ie; anything other than the ‘standard’ GNOME or KDE environments) please drop a comment regarding why.
To give you an idea about my computing habits, I generally only really need the following:
- Terminal (gnome-terminal preferred, xterm is fine)
- Browser (chromium or something else lightweight)
- Email (evolution or mutt generally)
- Keyboard control (if I could spend a day without touching the mouse, that’d be awesome)
I appreciate the feedback. Hopefully I’ll be able to generate some posts based on using some of these other window managers soon.