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I'm planning on installing Arch Linux but I'm looking for a good wm. I know 'openbox' is a good one but I would like to try other ones as well. I'm looking at 'awesome' right now and was wondering if that is just as customizable as 'openbox'. Thanks.

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Edited by HybridCore - 7/29/11 at 11:31pm
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post #2 of 8
install all of them

gnome
kde
xfce
lxde
enlightenment (i think that is the name of it)
fluxbox (not sure if it is still active or not)

there are more windows managers, but they are all seem to be inactive.
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fluxbox is very similar to openbox, better for some reason IMO. It is definitely still active, i just got an update for it last week... need to look at the changelog. I've used all of them, i would say

1. fluxbox
2. openbox
3. xfce
-- big gap
4. gnome
-- almost as big of a gap
5. kde
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post #4 of 8
I have a blog post that covers the major types of WMs there are. Also the ArchWiki and Wikipedia have a good list of WMs.
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biggest difference between awesome that you are trying and openbox is that awesome is built to be a tiling wm that can do floating windows and layered windows, where openbox is built to do floating windows and layered windows but can do tiling lol

i personally dont like tiling too much so i stick to openbox...

openbox and fluxbox are about the same WM as they are both blackbox forks, the major difference is things like openbox doesnt come with a panel while fluxbox does, and i hear fluxbox has weird features like tabbing (not sure, dont use it)

gnome, xfce, and kde as others have said arent exactly WMs they are full blown DEs
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jimi View Post
I have a blog post that covers the major types of WMs there are.
I have one main issue with that blog post:

Quote:
Windows and OS X both use stacking window managers.
The current versions of both use compositing WMs, not stacking WMs.

@OP: As suggested a few times already, try them all out. You'll find that stacking and compositing WMs are conceptually similar (but technically different), while tiling WMs are something different entirely. There are so many WMs to pick from that it can be hard to know where to start. Don't forget that you can usually grab the WM from the major DEs as well, ie. kwin, compiz, metacity, xfwm etc.
    
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The current versions of both use compositing WMs, not stacking WMs.
Thanks, compositing WMs completely slipped my mind. I'll have to update that post.
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Most of the tiling window managers are very configurable but more difficult than openbox. You might try i3 it is very easy to configure and more like a tiling openbox. You can also use pytyle which adds tiling to openbox.
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