Re: [dev] Tiling windowmanager workflow (Was: [dvtm] Fibonacci layout patch)

From: Ethan Grammatikidis <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2010 14:02:04 +0100

On 1 Jun 2010, at 12:56, Moritz Wilhelmy wrote:

>> On Tue, Jun 01, 2010 at 01:27:07PM +0200, Mate Nagy wrote:
>>> Using the vim splits may be cheating, but it sure is convenient.
>> sorry for self-reply: I thought that maybe for maximum punishment,
>> the
>> fibonacci layout could support nmaster. (Also note that this is a
>> 2560x1600 setup, that's why so much division (and nmaster) makes
>> sense.)
> Ah, guess it's just my 1280x1024 screen then :)
> Actually tiling doesn't even make much sense on it, when I went with
> monocle on
> the netbook I grew used to it and use it everywhere now.
> Anyone else interested in sharing their way how they use their
> System? It seems
> like an interesting topic.

I've been fighting with window managers all my computing life, not
counting the 8-bit machines. I've tried a variety of semi-fixed
layouts in FVWM, but really, whether you like tiled or floating or
some strange hybrid, multi-window systems only work if you have a big
enough screen. At one point I was using WindowMaker & while I liked
the dock & clip, I set it to automatically full-screen-maximise every
(non-transient) window. I eventually got a 1600x1200 monitor and said
to myself (out loud, I think) "Oh THAT'S how window systems are
supposed to work!"

My Windows-using nephews maximise everything, or if they're using
something which doesn't belong maximised and they have to look at it
for more than a few seconds they minimise everything else. Basically
they get a monocle view too. They have 1280x1024 screens, one per

Apple OS X is curious. Maximisation is poor, but applications are
meant to have small windows which the window system neatly cascades.
There is a hide function which is kinda half-useful; it hides all the
windows of an application but it would be better if windows could be
grouped by project and hidden that way. I still somehow prefer it to
virtual desktops...

Summarising years of experience^Wfrustration:
* Window systems are pointless without very large screens.
* OS X (really NextStep) tries hard to work with smaller screens but
is still clunky.

Do not specify what the computer should do for you, ask what the  
computer can do for you.
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