A week using tiling windows.
It has been a little over a week since I committed to using a tiling window manager.
Sure, I am cheating because I am actually still using KDE plus Kröhnkite but my windows are tiled and I am liking it a lot.
Why this and not i3 or whatever? Because I don't want to change my lifestyle, I just want my windows to not overlap generally.
Kröhnkite provides enough tiling functionality that I get (I think) the benefits without the massive upheaval of giving up everything I am used to in my desktop. I still use the Windows Key (ok, ok, the "Meta" key) to launch apps. I still have a plasma panel with plasmoids at the bottom of my monitor, I can still float the windows if I want to! I can still use most of the shortcuts from my past 24 years using KDE (yes, really) and so on.
What are some things I had to change to adapt?
I had to change to focus-follows-mouse. BUT for the first time since I started using FVWM in 1993 I am liking focus-follows-mouse better than click-to-focus. It turns out KDE's implementation of it is quite nice and almost "does what I mean". As it says in the docs, "like click to focus, but just don't click".
I removed window decorations. Yes, you can keep them, but they feel out of place.
I set thicker window borders. Resizing windows via shortcuts is just not nice in general, so thicker borders help.
What are some things I have liked?
Fixed tiling layout in one monitor and floating in the other is awesome when needed. And I can get it in place with one keypress! So, in general, dynamic, separate layouts for each screen is very, very useful.
Having a "tiling" wm that still respects most WM conventions is good. So, popups float. Yay.
Alt+Entershortcut to make a window the "important" one is neat.
Love how maximization/minimization works.
What are some things I have not liked?
The "tiled" layout has multiple versions you can switch between with Ctrl+I/D ... and well, sometimes none of them is exactly what I want? Also, the higher numbered ones only are useful when you have many windows tiling, and if you don't they don't do anything.
Since I have no window decorations, the brutal inconsistency on app-quitting shortcuts is annoying. It can be
escor whatever. I end up doing
alt+f4which feels like windows 3.11.
The UX of KWin scripts is a bit lacking. I installed another one a while ago, called Quarter-Tiling, and I have removed every trace of it from my system... except for its shortcuts, which will apparently pollute my config dialogs forever.
So, experiment will continue!
(Sorry, the video is in spanish)