Joined: July 2004
||Posted: Jan. 05 2008,14:24
I feel I might be repeating myself here, but at least it's on topic....
Fluxbox had been my favorite nearly from the time I first started tinkering with Linux (now a little over 6 years). Over the course of those years I played with many different window managers and desktop environments, some of which I liked a lot, but always went back to Fluxbox. It's relatively small, relatively fast, relatively simple, and quite stable and customizable.
However, what I was searching for in those other window managers was not what I thought. I thought I wanted something more flexible, more configurable, while being roughly equivalent in size and speed. What I discovered, though, was that I was spending so much time and effort customizing a window manager to behave exactly the way I wanted that I wasn't actually using it for the purpose of a window manager: simply to manage windows.
So, cut to last summer...
I had been testing wmii, and enjoying its [sadly complex] customizability, when its developer announced a smaller, faster, simpler fork called dwm. I fell in love with it instantly, and have been using it almost exclusively since. It was at that time that I realized that I don't want a window manager that I can tweak and play with. I just want something small, simple, and virtually unseen so that I can use X applications instead of a desktop environment.
The dwm window manager is virtually invisible. It has a status bar only and is controlled almost entirely with the keyboard. There is no menu and configuration apart from modifying one of the headers before compiling, so I don't give a second thought about how I can tweak it. It just shows me my apps and stays out of the way.