On 03/19/2012 10:45 PM, Carl Alexander wrote:
I'm an old X hand who's been away for a while. A few weeks
ago I installed xubuntu 11.10 --- my first x11 head in five
years. I've been using it without customizing the UI, so as
to get comfortable with the new normal. Now I have a pretty
good idea what I love about the new --- and what I miss about
the old. So I'm looking for some advice, which I suspect
will take the form of recommendations for window-managers.
I already know that my old window-manager (ctwm) is not the
right answer. So I'm hoping people can tell me about modern
window-managers that can DWIW, possibly in combination with
something devil's pie. (The first draft of this mail was
pretty long-winded. I'll be happy to send anyone who really
cares the explanation in it of _why_ ctwm won't do. But I'm
betting most of you couldn't care less.)
You'd win that bet. Hands down. No contest. It's old and crufty. I thank
my Creator nightly that it has rightfully died and is moldern' in de
grave, with a right high shine on it.
There are two critical features ctwm that I want from a new
window-manager: DontMoveOff, and Occupy.
DontMoveOff (which IIRC goes all the way back to twm) prevents
windows from being dragged off the workspace --- not even partway
off: if you grab a window by the titlebar and drag it in ctwm, it
will stop when its leading edge meets the edge of the desktop.
(This is sort of the opposite of the feature in xfcewm where
draging a window to the border between workspaces will switch
you into that workspace, bringing the window with you --- a
feature I would happily do without).
Well, there ya go. I LOVE that feature. I refuse to use Gnome as it
lacks that feature. Especially when you have your workspaces set to
adjoin so that by moving an application's open window to the next
workspace also means that you move there too.
Owell, just open Preferences and set your windows to not move to
adjoining work spaces selecting "Window Manager" / "Advanced" and turn
off the "Wrap" features. Piece O Cake.
Myself, I couldn't live without that feature. It reminds me of Window's
version of Hell, where souls are tortured for eternity in one stinkin'
congested workspace. <shudders>
My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.
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