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On Tiling Window Managers

February 19, 2012

We all know how to use computers in today’s world, in other words, we know how to use some mainstream computer software that implements a single approach to specific problems among many alternatives. Some of those alternatives didn’t make it into the mainstream for good reason, e.g. lack of usability/efficiency, unnecessary complexity. Some couldn’t make it due to human species being silly, as always. Others, including the concept that constitutes the subject of this article, didn’t make it for mostly technical issues that were present in past, solved today. The author, who has absolutely no claim of being an expert on window managers but has enthusiastically tried many in years, will be discussing particularly about a window manager concept, which is slowly but surely making its way back into the mainstream.

Operating system vendors like to hide things and their alternatives to lower the learning curve of their systems, that approach actually helped us easily use computers. So why should we suddenly consider the alternatives? Because;

  • We know more about computers in general now, enough to handle a little more complexity for the sake of efficiency.
  • There is a shift in everyday computing mediums towards devices with different input mechanisms than mouse and keyboard, e.g. mobile, tablets. Conventional interface concepts are failing on those devices.

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