Tiling WM

Hi fellas,

What would be your recommendation for a tiling WM that could replace the Gnome PopOS tiling shell extension but function closest to a DE? It would have to be scalable to a 4K display.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Would like to stay with Arch, and the default setup should probably be semi-intuative OOTB. I would probably stay away from vanilla at the moment.

Maybe something like ArcoLinux or Manjaro.

Thanks, I’ll check it out in a VM.

Erik’s project is unique in the world of Linux. I respect his passion & efforts, especially with the sheer volume of production he spins out.

Sure, it’s a little fluffy and the website might benefit from a redesign. But at the end of the day, you know it’s ArcoLinux.

why not go with an archlabs installation and install the wm you like?


For the beginner I’d suggest i3. For the more advanced user I would suggest dwm.

Dude. Seriously? No. Just no. No.

Following “tutorials” is the worst. You need to try shit out and work out if it suits you rather than some faceless fool called Erik give you advice.

the problem with arcolinux is imo that the head-developer put’s in all the progs he like and make the iso to much bloat, archlabs gives you a minimal set-up which you can adjust to your own like


I like Xfce with bspwm instead of xfwm:

xfconf-query -c xfce4-session -p /sessions/Failsafe/Client0_Command -t string -sa xfsettingsd
xfconf-query -c xfce4-session -p /sessions/Failsafe/Client1_Command -t string -sa bspwm

Use sxhkd to control bspwm:

sudo pacman -S sxhkd
mkdir -p ~/.config/{sxhkd,bspwm}
cp /usr/share/doc/bspwm/examples/bspwmrc ~/.config/bspwm/
cp /usr/share/doc/bspwm/examples/sxhkdrc ~/.config/sxhkd/

Edit bspwmrc & sxhkdrc to your taste after copying the sample files over then add sxhkd to the autostart list.

For those unfamiliar with the history of ArchLabs please note that Mr. Dubois’ name is Mud on these boards and so probably shouldn’t be mentioned.


For GNOME look you could check sway with my extensions.


@GreenMartian If you want to wade through my window manager adventures, explorations, and tutorials here’s a link (be aware I write too much). Nonetheless, I do hope you have fun. I can assure you, you will find a good, comfortable fit, if only for a short-time. FWIW: My current favorites are dwm & i3wm (probably in that order).


LOL, he’s a bit strange. I checked Arcolinux once and found that guy wanted to include everything from his setup (apps, alias, shortcuts, maybe even logs :grinning:) in the distribution. That’s probably the most bloated arch-based distro I have ever seen.


Apologies if that came off a little aggressive people. If someone wants to use ■■■■ then they should go and do it, there are just better options out there.


Awesome window manager will function closest to a DE since it supports iconify and that is built into the default wibox taskbar. The default layout is floating with the expected window decor; keybindings (or the icon on the taskbar) available to switch to tiling layouts. I believe awesome is scalable to 4k and has good multihead support.

Downside is that you need be familiar (comfortable) with lua to edit the configuration. The default rc.lua is good enough for the functionality a typical user expects from a window manager. Usually just need to set up the keybindings and menu for launching applications.


dk window manager works well with panels if you want a DE look with a tiling window manager.


I second this.

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The other option would be to use a window manager with fine-grained control over movement (openbox, fluxbox, pekwm, fvwm) and set up manual faux tiling with key bindings.

You don’t get the re-ordering of the windows like you do with a true tiling window manager, but if it’s just a matter of rearranging windows on the desktop it’s a good route to go.


I was scaling at 1.25px but I was finding it hard work trying to get everything to scale evenly. Due the size of my monitor, scaling at 1.0 is perfect.

I found the smaller screens need to be scaled upwards to be readable but the larger ones are fine as they are.


I think it is safe to say that no matter what you choose there will be pluses & minuses. Personally, I like dwm (because changes require research and thought; they’re not always straightforward, either), I like i3wm because it has outstanding documentation and is quick to build. Heck, I liked xfce4 for years and still have most of my ‘light touch’ family members using it.

Liking things because they make you smile, feel good of whatever is absolutely okay (from my perspective). Linux is diverse. Diversity provides options/ choices. It’s all good.


This. All of this.



Thank you all for your replies, I’ve read every one. You know … everyone has interesting advice and you always learn something new.

I’m familiar with Openbox, and used it in Crunchbang. Wasn’t he the first to introduce the startup script?

EOS - Capital N & O. Their forum moderators trained in Washington at the DC Capitol Communist Precinct.

Archlabs - obviously makes the most sense.

I’ll have a another look around all of your comments and take it from there.

Obviously, Erik p-ssed in someone’s Wheaties. He obviously follows his own method of madness and he should because it’s his own project and his own vision.

I’ll probably be swept up in a tornado if I even suggest Team Green around here … :ghost:


I just set my font DPI correctly and everything else just works but I use a 28.5" monitor where 4k doesn’t really need scaling.

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