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    manyroads
    manyroads

    I came across this reddit thread which listed small(?) window managers. I thought, you might enjoy it.

    If you have experience using the non-traditional antiX ‘models’, what do you think of them?

    RAM Usage of small window managers – a comparison from unixporn

    Pax Vobiscum,
    Mark Rabideau aka. manyroads
    "Don't believe everything you think."

    #22567
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    skidoo

    Most of the mini-featured WMs are indistinguishable from each other
    https://www.gilesorr.com/wm/table.html

    Many of the barebones (menuless) interfaces are unusable for me b/c I would have difficulty would find it impossible to memorize dozens of keybinds. Yeah, eventual muscle memory… but my patience would wear thin before I got there.

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    fatmac
    fatmac

    I notice that FLWM (Fast Light WM), isn’t mentioned, it uses FLTK, (Fast Light Tool Kit), & is used by Tiny Core Linux, it’s a very neat solution.

    Linux (& BSD) since 1999

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    BobC

    To me, what is really important is that the window manager default windows onto the screen reasonably, and be controllable there, and when they are on the screen, at least be able to move and/or resize them into any of 9 positions/sizes based on the numeric keypad rose.

    I know I can get IceWM to do that using WinArrange and WinGrid combined. Can any of the others do that?

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    skidoo

    man fluxbox-keys
    and press forward slash key to initiate a search: ArrangeWindows

    In my forked version of fluxbox (can read additional details in the forum archives) antixlinux.com/forum-archive/fluxbox-v1-3-8-t6964.html
    I attempted to raise awareness of this functionality by placing some “Arrange” commands in the as-shipped fluxbox menu

    jog your memory:
    we had discussed this back when you wanted to create a script for toggling a “cascade” arrangement…

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    #22652
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    ile
    ile

    Hello Manyroads and Everyone
    hello skidoo. great list in that link. Did you have a favorite there? twm is workable but leaves me wanting one of today’s with the more ease. great thing about the “2003 Review” is the XFCE v.4.0 notes say it is “Huge. …with all its accessories weighs in at about 14 Mb in memory, more than twice the memory use of any other window manager I tried.” Ratpoison and EvilWM 500kb.

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    olsztyn

    Thanks for sharing the comparison article. There is a Wikipedia comparison, which has different RAM requirements:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_X_window_managers#cite_note-1

    At first PSS methodology against RSS (and USS) sounds right but upon reflection influenced by experience I think the author of the article too quickly adopted an argument against RSS for the benefit of PSS, favoring pure theory over reality. In all practicality it is RSS that should be used for comparison IMHO.
    Argumentation that it is unfair to include memory requirements of libraries needed to run a WM, just because they could be shared with other programs is not fair in my eyes. Such comparison of WMs should be on their own merits and their own memory demand, not counting on other programs to run and absolve WM’s huge memory requirement.
    Another paradox from Wikipedia (link above):
    – KDE – 41 MB
    – XFCE – 70 MB
    – Fluxbox – 16 MB
    – awesome – 9 MB

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    eugen-b
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    Since not too long I’m using sway wm (a reimplementation of i3 wm to work with Wayland). And I noticed that it RAM usage which I measure with ps_mem varies depending on how much I have available. Sway starts with about about 40 MB. When I hit the RAM limit when building Firefox for example sway’s RAM usage decreases a few MB, the usage of Xwayland as well which is interesting.

    #22819
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    Koo
    Koo

    @eugen-b

    Thanks for this will have a look at sway wm on the weekend..

    #22821
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    manyroads
    manyroads

    I was just going to ask about swaywm. Search didn’t find this thread. 🙁 @eugen-b and @Koo would you mind starting a thread on sway and your experiences?

    Pax Vobiscum,
    Mark Rabideau aka. manyroads
    "Don't believe everything you think."

    #22822
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    manyroads
    manyroads

    by way of offering someone else’s list. Here are some more wms (It’s yuge…):

    https://www.gilesorr.com/wm/table.html

    • This reply was modified 3 days, 9 hours ago by manyroads.

    Pax Vobiscum,
    Mark Rabideau aka. manyroads
    "Don't believe everything you think."

    #22830
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    Koo
    Koo

    @ manyroads

    No worry will do I have download the source..

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