What shell/WM do you use (Windows included)



  • I'm curious to what type of shell or WM you use on your computers, personally for my XP computer I use Geoshell (geoshell.org), going to try some blackbox (xoblite.net) derivative for the next little bit. For my Linux boxes I use xfce and fluxbox, going to try out quarkwm (because apparently it has nice window tiling).



    Also does any one know about a good program to help display windows in a nice tiled fashion whith-out having to manually resize them every time (doesn't have to be fully automatic, I just want a button that will resize them nicely) for windows?



  • I'm not much of a shell maniac.

    Explored for Windows, GNOME for Ubuntu.

    Switching is mostly lateral anyway. 



  • For global window tiling in windows, you can right-click the task bar and choose either "Tile Windows Vertically" or "Tile Windows Horizontally".

    Do you need something fancier?



  • @RaspenJho said:

    For global window tiling in windows, you can right-click the task bar and choose either "Tile Windows Vertically" or "Tile Windows Horizontally".

    Do you need something fancier?

    Rubber windows in Gnome.

    Hardware accelerated



  • I use Windows 2000 defaults at work. Windows XP set to look like Windows 2000 (defaults otherwise) at home on my laptop. Windows Vista defaults on my gaming machine. Crazy-tweaked KDE 3.2 on my server at home.

    I'm not really crazy about different window managers and shells. Not that I'm not open to trying them out: I tried an interesting 3D-desktop application called Spaces on my laptop about two years ago. While I did find it interesting I didn't find it to be particularily helpful so I went back to the usual desktop.

    EDIT: I guess I use some fancy programs that make Windows behave a little more like KDE. I use something called Shove-It which prevents windows from opening outside of the boundaries of the screen and lets you move windows by clicking anywhere on them while holding alt.



  • Cygwin on windows works good, so you can use just about any X windows manager you like.  And they recently added Gnome for windows as well, although I haven't tried it.



  • @Welbog said:

    Windows Vista defaults on my gaming machine. Crazy-tweaked KDE 3.2 on my server at home.

    That seems a little contradictory.

    Vista = heavy => crazy optimize for nice gaming
    KDE = light => not much tweaking required.

     

    or not?



  • It's a bit simpler than that: Vista simply doesn't allow much tweaking. KDE, on the other hand, allows me to change nearly everything. I'm a fiddler when I am allowed to fiddle, so I tend to fiddle with KDE. Vista doesn't let me fiddle and, for the most part, I do really enjoy the look and feel of Aero so I don't tend to even want to mess around with it. Maybe I'm just crazy.



  • @dhromed said:

    That seems a little contradictory.

    Vista = heavy => crazy optimize for nice gaming
    KDE = light => not much tweaking required.

     

    or not?

    Not really much difference between them - they were both made by the same kind of people. If it's complicated and unnecessary, both KDE and Vista probably have one. 



  • @RaspenJho said:

    For global window tiling in windows, you can right-click the task bar and choose either "Tile Windows Vertically" or "Tile Windows Horizontally".

    Do you need something fancier?


    Sort of, while those buttons do help me on occasion, sometimes I need/want one monitor to have the programs vertically aligned (say pidgin client list + PNotepad) and the other monitor horizontally aligned (chat window + firefox). Be nice if there was a program that would make windows fill as much space as they can without over-lapping (although I could probably do some research and make something to do that for me). Any hints on what functions I should start with as a reference point (C/C++ Win API preferably).

    Also, I thought that KDE was quite heavy for a WM and not light, actually I've found even on low settings it ate alot more CPU/RAM than other WMs did (kubuntu, slackware and Mandrake). Can it actually run without the bloat?


  • @Lingerance said:

    Any hints on what functions I should start with as a reference point (C/C++ Win API preferably).

    EnumWindows()/EnumWindowsEx, MonitorFromPoint(), MonitorFromRect, MonitorFromWindow(), MoveWindow(), WindowFromPoint().

    More in the WinSDK help. Search for topic "Windows API, functions by category", then click the "Window" topic in the right pane.


     



  • GNOME with compiz-fusion (ooohhh, eye candy!) on Linux.

     



  • bash and KDE. I don't like GNOME any more, I think it looks too much like windows.
     



  • KDE for me. I also like XFCE and IceWM. Last time I tried Gnome, I instantly hated it.


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