Gnomad = Gnome + Xmonad

Since I started using Linux I’ve used several window managers. I felt used to blackbox and fluxbox and eventually used enlightenment and some others in the past, but nowadays its been a while since I became the user of an Desktop Environment. I’m using GNOME because it provides what I need and I don’t need to spend an hour to configure it before it suits my needs. After all I’m lazy.
With respect to the fact that I’m quiet satisfied with GNOME, there is one feature I were always missing.
Because I spend much time with tiling and arranging windows on my desktops I noticed that I could need
a tiling feature. Something which was already a feature back in Windows 3.11.
GNOME/metacity does not have this features and given that a wishlist bug about this is open since almost
7 years
its unlikley that this will ever change. There are separate tools, which I recently learned about that can assist me with this. For example the perl script ‚wumwum‚. But this seems to be the wrong solution to a real problem. Additional wumwum does not work properly with metacity and so I’d need to another WM anyway, which lead to the point where I started thinking about integrating a true tiling wm into GNOME… once again.

First, I looked into awesome, which is a window manager I used some time ago.
But documentation about configuring it is basically an API documentation, with no obvious entry point.
It seems to be the best to study the whole API just to set some simple settings (e.g. a padding for the GNOME panel and some always-floating applications). I even thought about learning LUA, because it seems like a language which is quick and easy to learn, but honestly if I need to study a programming language and a whole API documentation just to configure a window manager then IMHO there is something conceptionally wrong with that piece of software.
After all I came to Xmonad. This window manager is using Haskell and I fear I need to learn this language as well if I want to configure weird things. But the wanted scenario is well documented and documentation for more common configuration settings exists all over the place so that I don’t really feel inclined to learn more then needed.
Remember? I’m lazy.

Now I’m feeling quiet happy with this combination. It didn’t cost me much time to get used to the most basic keyboard shortcuts or setting the whole thing up. GNOME and Xmonad work together like a dream team. I feel more productive now. As an additional plus I reinstalled the vimperator firefox plugin, because with my new desktop environment I more often use the keyboard for ordinary tasks like switching between apps or desks and I felt beeing able to quickly operate firefox with the keyboard, too, would be a plus. Well, it is.

7 Gedanken zu „Gnomad = Gnome + Xmonad“

  1. now the only thing left to add are kupfer (pyhton) or gnome-do (c#) 😉

    those tools let you nearly work as fast as you think

  2. Bluetile is a tiling window manager designed to integrate with the GNOME desktop environment. It provides both a traditional, stacking layout mode as well as tiling layouts where windows are arranged to use the entire screen without overlapping. Bluetile tries to make the tiling paradigm easily accessible to users coming from traditional window managers by drawing on known conventions and providing both mouse and keyboard access for all features.

    http://packages.debian.org/squeeze/bluetile

  3. For the Emacs users, I suggest Conkeror in lieu of FF/Vimperator.
    The UI will be more familiar, as will the config method: straight-up turing complete code (JS, many common settings are well-docmented, and written to be set simply).
    It does draw heavily from the vi family in using 'prefix keys' for many tasks (' * * T c ' will copy the text of DOM node ).
    Vimperator is actually a fork of Conkeror from when Conkeror was a plugin! The relationship between the projects is good, but have little code in common any more.
    If you're a heavy vi/vim user, I think Vimperator will be more comfortable for the same reasons I find Conkeror more comfortable.
    Just a view from the other side of the fence, here.

  4. Thanks for the comments, but please note that this post is somewhat older.

    I still use the setup but I don't really have good reasons to try awesome again, currently. And even if the Wiki got more informative, that wasn't the case back when I chose my setup.

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