My Ideal Window Manager
I’ve been using xmonad (with a slightly modified bluetile setup) for about a year now, and it’s been pretty great. But I still feel locked in to its grid sometimes, and miss the direct manipulation that a “normal” window manager (like metacity) provides - specifically allowing quick movement and resizing by using alt + mouse dragging. Bluetile has the option of floating windows, but actually moving or resizing them is so cumbersome that it’s not really worth it. I also sometimes wish that my windows could overlap, so that (while still tiled) a window can extend beyond the bounds of its tile if I want it to.
I also am a sucker for shiny things, and xmonad is far from a shiny thing (in terms of graphics). I tried out gnome-shell yesterday, and while buggy, it is exceedingly shiny. And considering that gnome-shell will not allow alternate window managers (that was a surprise to me), I have put some thought into what my ideal window manager would look like.
Also, if people know of an existing project (with compositing!) that has these sorts of features, I’d be interested to know - I don’t want to have to reinvent the wheel, but it seems like most tiling window managers are too rigid and keyboard-based for me, while most “grid” extensions to floating window managers are too manual.
So, here’s the plan: