Posted Dec 24, 2012 6:27 UTC (Mon) by rsidd (subscriber, #2582)
Parent article: Awesome 3.5 released
Not about awesome, but about tiling window managers. I recently switched to i3 after getting frustrated with gnome, unity and even xfce. It took me a few minutes to "get it" and now I wonder why I didn't do this earlier -- I remember reading about ratpoison years ago and wondering "what's the point?" The point is to maximise your use of the screen and minimise the use of your mouse, and tiling works great both on tiny screens like my tablet and large screens like my desktop.
I did give awesome, and also xmonad, a spin before settling on i3. My reasons for i3 are rather specific -- I wanted the same setup on three computers, one of which is an ARM tablet with a keyboard case, where I had trouble with installing awesome and xmonad (the latter because of its haskell dependency). But in terms of getting up and running, all of these seem rather similar: I expect they would all have worked for me.
Of course, all this is only for those who'd rather live on the keyboard and are happy to edit plain-text config files.