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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There is Regolith, which is i3. But, Ubuntu.

Edit: you can add Regolith to PopOS easy, it’s just a matter of adding the PPA and stuff. I did it with PopOS earlier this week, I don’t have the link handy, but just search PopOS i3, and you should be able to find it.

I think it was on the OMGUbuntu! site, which made me feel like I was browsing porn, who the hell puts an OMG ON A LINUX BASED SITE?

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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.

Oof, I’d rather use Ubuntu lulz.

I tried ArcoBloat the other day, and it lasted like five minutes before I wiped it. I used to like it back in the day, but it’s like an overdone float in a Mardi Gras parade. It just flat out annoys me how excessive it is. But it can scale in 4K, so you should be good there. Just use one of their ISO’s that have just a WM, or the Xtended one that has like ten lulz. PLus it has a tweak tool to add as many DE’s and WM’s you can stomach.

Manjaro, well, it broke on me so many time when I first tried it that I eventually switched to ArcoBloat lol.


I used this for a bit back in the day, you should be good with it.

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.


Yeah I was trying to help, GM mentioned that distro, and I bagged on it (not hard enough honestly, it’s a mess), and I figured it wasn’t helpful to his goal. So I just linked that for reasons of helping out.

But to really help GM out: stay away from that distro, it’s really just Ubuntu Ultimate dressed up as Arch. If you want bloat, there is Reborn. Arch is meant to be minimal, and Bloat has like NINE KEYBINDINGS JUST FOR A WALLPAPER APP alone, it’s the most narcissistic distro out there.


Yeah that distro isn’t about Arch, it’s about him. He is like “here is a script you can use” and BOOM, you have him in your .config folder.

I can attest to how helpful Sir manyroad’s page is, I highly recommend it.

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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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