What WM/DE are you using?

  • i3wm
  • openbox
  • bspwm
  • KDE
  • Gnome-Shell
  • XFCE
  • dwm
  • Something else? (please specify in thread)

0 voters


I’m on i3 now. Used briefly this morning Openbox but found it frustrating. Doesn’t take long to get used to i3 at all.


i3 for me. It looked interesting when everyone on /r/unixporn was posting scrots, so I figured I’d try it out and I love it.


I had been trying for months to get into i3, when I was away overseas it was all I had setup on my laptop so I had to get used to it. Fell in love with it but it took a while to get it perfect on my desktop.


I try other WMs from time to time but I always end up back in dwm, it does everything I want in as few lines of code as possible — I’ve even forked it and stripped out all the Xinerama stuff to help with my irrational fear of ifdefs.


@natemaia is also a fan of dwm. I am yet to dip my toes into dwm.


i3 most of the time for me. I like its behavior, how it feels and I feel like it finally suits me.
xfce would be my second choice, and i’ll probably try to customize it in the future ^^


Imersion therapy - best way to switch over to a tiling wm.

Fluxbox most of the time, i3 the main alternative.

Tabbed windows FTW.


Openbox on my installs for quiet a while now.


Openbox predominately but have been toying with jwm… again.


I voted xfce, but I use more openbox.
So I should have voted openbox


Totally agreed. It worked for me :smiley:


O p e n b o x (FOREVER!!!) :joy:


The other exercise I tried was to set the default decor in Fluxbox and Fvwm to “border” so that I would have to use key binding to manipulate windows - weaning myself off the mouse. Did that for about 2 weeks. Surprised how much quicker and smoother the workflow was. Highly recommend it.

I also like to use Fvwm. Sort of addicted to window managers.


Hmmm, I personally like using a mouse so I don’t think I would want to go completely mouseless.

I’d really like to spend some time with fvwm.


I know what you mean. There was a pretty good discussion on a Slackware forum about keybindings v. Mouse - started as a thread about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I decided to do my own test. Not only changed the decor of fluxbox to border, but also installed cwm (no window decor, but excellent keybinding control).

cwm - yet another window manager I’ve used. Excellent minimal window manager; no window decorations, excellent keybinding support, one configuration file. OpenBSD project ported to Linux so the man pages are excellent.


I’ve seen that around on /r/unixporn. An interesting WM for sure. We are spoilt for choice.

Good thing is that you can get a mouse suited for that now. Its a vertical mouse.


@PackRat, you’ve probably seen these


Seen similar; don’t know anyone using one. I should check one out if I see it. Getting arthritis in my fingers.


I don’t know… Hope that’s more comfortable than it looks.