Linux users out there; what WM/DE are you using? by aspect | tildeverse BBJ

>0 aspect @ 2023/02/05 07:16

I live in Awesome about 99% of the time these days because of how configurable it is but sometimes switch to gnome when I'm feeling like it.

>1 Thumos @ 2023/02/05 22:19


I sort of ran down the line: first Gnome, then Awesome, then Ratpoison, and now evilWM. I do most of my work in full-screen mode and just flip between desktops, rather than split the screen, so it works for me.

>2 fenris @ 2023/02/07 21:13

I started with Kde and switched to Fvwm2 later.
I had a lot of fun with Fvwm2 because its almost unlimited configurability.
Additionally I could use the same enviroment by just copying the ~/fvwmrc from
home to work.

When I stopped working in the IT industry I began to use Xfce at home.
I really like not to get annoyed by computer and Xfce2 gave it to me:
It just works and has all the desktop features I want.

>3 skolem @ 2023/02/10 01:10


I live inside xmonad+polybar. I really like declarative software.

>4 anthk @ 2023/02/13 11:20

Icewm, nothing fancy. I always run UXTerm and Tmux, so I could
use any minimal WM with the same keybindings everywhere.
I don't use CWM because moving windows under it always uses a 
full content refreshing compared to the 'wireframe' moving 
of most wm's, and my netbook it's an Atom so saving cycles 
it's always good.

>5 jdtron @ 2023/02/13 19:00

My first time with a WM was about 5 years ago with bspwm.
I loved that setup, but I switched to dwm a few months ago.

It has a super low memory footprint and runs smooth like butter,
even on older machines.

>6 taro @ 2023/02/15 14:45


I use i3 in my personal laptop and cwm at work. I am very happy with both, specially with
cmw, since it's minimal resource usage, easy to configure and I don't need any feature it hasn't the capability to do. I know many people really need all the bells and whistles found in other WM for a very good reason, but for me, they are a distraction. CWM helps me to focus on the task at hand.

>7 primenumber7 @ 2023/02/18 19:00

I've been using nearly bone stock KDE for a while now. 
The only modification I've made is to enable the full window title for
currently open windows in the taskbar. And on a low spec machine
I tend to stick with MATE. Also bone stock :P.
Maybe some day I'll not be lazy and actually try to rice my machines.

>8 nagi @ 2023/02/23 13:50

I use i3 (with i3blocks + rofi) as my main wm, its lightweight and powerful.
Before this one, i used GNOME for a long time and I feel like i3 is better if you take time for customize it.

Like, setup a cool theme (dracula), terminal, application launcher, binds, status bar, etc..
At the end I'm faster while working and it worths the effort !

>9 Shufei @ 2023/02/24 22:03

I kept stubbornly to MATE for so long, but recently gave in to
LXDE.  It works nicely for tablet, really.  Sometimes Iuse Xfce.

>10 anonymous @ 2023/03/01 07:24

I recently moved my laptop to fbterm. It's really pretty 
with background image and have 9 desktop. As xwindow is not
started it saved a load on battery. I also activated the 
mouse for copy and paste which is rarely useful. 

My main computer run i3 with nothing else, only keyboard
shortcut. So the difference with fbterm isn't big while
I'm in my terminal.

>11 gasconheart @ 2023/03/01 09:19


I usually install KDE or XFCE4, only to "downgrade" soon to Openbox. I like the looks of KDE, it looks fantastic, but it does not suit well my personal workflow. So I tend to use, view rather, KDE for some days, then I switch to Openbox. If I can't avoid having a permanent desktop environment, I leave XFCE4 installed instead, though. For example, in computers all my family use. KDE is heavy and bloated in my opinion, but XFCE4 is less heavy and intrusive.

In the machines only I use, I install Openbox. I have it very customized. Ask me for my dot files if you want! I have a dynamic menu for applications, automatically generated upon right-clicking on the desktop, and some key bindings for pseudo-tiling. I want to say "pseudo-pseudo-tiling", since I suspect these qualify as just tiling. Anyway, I have the perfect combination of floating and tiling--"perfect" for my workflow and to my liking.

>12 manul @ 2023/03/02 17:09

I use Gnome. I find it soothing and it gets out of my way. I have used awesome and KDE for long stretches of time, but they always seemed like too little or too much, respectively.

>13 savoy @ 2023/03/07 16:24

Been a bspwm user for a while now.

Went initially as a newish user for Linux to try out i3 after going from Cinnamon -> XFCE, but it may have been too big of a jump and I went back to XFCE. But I decided to give another go to tiling window managers as I became more terminal focused and saw recommendations for bspwm which I've been using for maybe like 5-6 years now.

It's the biggest reason I don't think I could make the jump to Wayland anytime soon; redoing a config i3-style for sway and having to replace different rofi plugins just seems like such a hassle.

>14 quark @ 2023/03/09 16:38

None. Nothing but tmux. :-)

>15 ekkie @ 2023/03/18 20:17

I used to use i3 exclusively. No need to recompile for config changes like with dwm, solid tray-icon support... But even with a well maintained git repo for my config files, getting everything up and running after a reinstall was still so much of a hastle that I ended up switching over to xfce. Funny thing is that my workflow barely changed, since I mostly used one window per workspace with i3, so now I just use alt-tab instead of workspace switching.

>16 lkh @ 2023/03/20 22:44



>17 anonymous @ 2023/03/27 12:53

I Mostly use suckless dwm. It's awesome!!

>18 ultrachip @ 2023/04/07 00:34

Cinnamon, because that's the default that came with Mint and I'm not really all that picky about it. 

I use Gnome at work because it's a requirement, and I've played around with KDE a few times just to see. They're both fine.

>19 anthk @ 2023/05/15 16:24

I've been using Emacs' EXWM under a week, replacing the 
whole CWM+Tmux+nchat+mupdf+herbe... workflow.

Tedious at fist, having to install Telega+Telega-alert+
pdf-tools+mu4e and a bunch of settings to make it as fast
as my previous env (which I keep in case of an emergency),
but overall except for a slight lag (compared to the ultra
blazing speed of cwm+tmux even on my Atom netbook) it
seems to work fine.

>20 sloan @ 2023/05/25 19:07

I've done a lot of environment-hopping and tinkering, and I've always come back to GNOME. I used to trick it out pretty far with extensions and such, but nowadays I pretty much just run it vanilla. It makes it easy to work with absurd numbers of windows, and I've always just liked it on an intuitive level.

As much as I adore lighter and especially tiling WMs, most of what I love about them is actually just what I like about tmux, so half my time is not really interacting with GNOME, just a fullscreen terminal environment.

>21 ultrachip @ 2023/05/26 13:49


I kinda feel similar sometimes - occasionally I get the urge to just boot in to multi-user and see how far I get before I miss graphical.