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Tiling window manager

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Post by jsluk » Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:27 pm

Hi all,

Want to learn and experiment with a tiling manager. Is there a way to add a second desktop environment to my current XFCE? Thanks. If not, how do I set up MX to dual boot another distro with a tiling manager desktop such as Qtile? Thanks.
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Re: Tiling window manager

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Post by JayM » Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:50 am

There are a few tiling window managers available in the repositories as well as other desktop environments. If you just want to play around with a system that uses a tiling windows manager rather than a full-featured desktop environment I suggest downloading antiX and running it on a live USB. It has several different window managers preinstalled and the ability to switch between them from the menu. That way you can check them out without taking chances with ruining your MX installation. AntiX can be downloaded from
https://antixlinux.com/
Alternately, Manyroads has been working on an Openbox respin of MX. You can find more information here:
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Re: Tiling window manager

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Post by KoO » Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:00 am

You don't have install more then one system to have different desktop environments I have i3 , dwm , xfce . And if you are new to Linux JayM live USB or a virtual machine is a good idea.

And Remember this their is a learning curve to using these desktops..Have a look at youtube videos on what ever desktop environments you wish to try first. They are mostly keyboard driven. Install vim first get used to using your keyboard... Opps almost forgot coding as in editing config files this is the only way you have to setup your envirorment. Start learning from something easy like conky scripts.
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Re: Tiling window manager

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Post by Head_on_a_Stick » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:49 am

jsluk wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:27 pm
Is there a way to add a second desktop environment to my current XFCE?
All the tiling window managers supplied by Debian include .desktop files in /usr/share/xsessions/ and so should be available as an option in the display manager once installed.

If you install one from source or package it up yourself without a .desktop file then use ~/.xsession to load the WM and select the "default X session" option from the display manager.

For more on this see https://wiki.debian.org/Xsession
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Re: Tiling window manager

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Post by manyroads » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:02 am

I personally am not a fan of tiling wms (I like the stacking kind esp. Openbox)... however, if you are shopping for tiling wm options here are a few decent (recent lists)

https://www.tecmint.com/best-tiling-win ... for-linux/
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Co ... w_managers
https://www.slant.co/topics/1902/~best- ... -for-linux

Enjoy! :popcorn:
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Re: Tiling window manager

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Post by bigbenaugust » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:29 am

I like awesome because it does both.
https://awesomewm.org/
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Re: Tiling window manager

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Post by i_ri » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:25 pm

hello jsluk and everyone
It is covered here about using the display manager to log-into alternate desktop and window managers installed on the single system. The wm list to choose from is many. the links here are for commendable or best, and there is more. Even purely stumbled onto one the other day named chamferwm. You will soon see that a jumble of accessories to enhance particular window managers will yield Abundant notes and near endless combinations. Keep all those notes in one place: on your MX-Linux installation. You picked QTile. How is that working for You?

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Re: Tiling window manager

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Post by jsluk » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:17 pm

Thanks all for your thoughtful suggestions. Before my original post, I used Gparted to shrink my partition where MX is located. Afterwards, MX would not boot up properly. Not sure what I did to get it working again.

Lesson learned. I will start with the USB approach first to get a feel for the alternate desktop environment. If I find something that I must have to dual boot, I will come back to ask for more advice. Best regards.
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Re: Tiling window manager

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Post by mkbdd » Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:23 pm

I'm looking for tiling WM too. I'm glad that this thread is already appear.

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Re: Tiling window manager

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Post by manyroads » Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:18 am

If you want to try something a bit unique (xfce with i3wm or similar) here are ideas.... :popcorn:
https://feeblenerd.blogspot.com/2015/11 ... -xfce.html

Edit: added
https://unix.stackexchange.com/question ... th-awesome
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