[Haskell-cafe] ANNOUNCE: xmonad 0.5: a tiling window manager
dons at galois.com
Sun Dec 9 19:32:24 EST 2007
The xmonad dev team is pleased to announce the 0.5 release of xmonad!
xmonad is a tiling window manager for X. Windows are arranged
automatically to tile the screen without gaps or overlap, maximising
screen use. Window manager features are accessible from the keyboard: a
mouse is optional. xmonad is extensible in Haskell, allowing for
powerful customisation. Custom layout algorithms, key bindings and other
extensions may be written by the user in config files. Layouts are
applied dynamically, and different layouts may be used on each
workspace. Xinerama is fully supported, allowing windows to be tiled on
several physical screens.
* Very stable, fast, small and simple.
* Automatic window tiling and management
* First class keyboard support: a mouse is unnecessary
* Full support for tiling windows on multi-head displays
* Full support for floating windows
* XRandR support to rotate, add or remove monitors
* Per-workspace layout algorithms
* Per-screens custom status bars
* Easy, powerful customisation and reconfiguration in Haskell
* Large extension library
* Extensive documentation and support for hacking
More information, screenshots, documentation, tutorials and community
resources are available from the xmonad home page:
The 0.5 release, and its dependencies, are available from
xmonad 0.5 is a major new release of xmonad, allowing, for the first
time, dynamic extension in Haskell without requiring recompilation.
Extension and configuration of xmonad is now faster, simpler, and more
All configuration is done via the ~/.xmonad/xmonad.hs file.
Example config files and screenshots are available on the wiki:
This marks the final break from its dwm origins. As a result, xmonad is
now also much easier to package, distribute and extend, as recompilation
of xmonad is not required to extend it.
* xmonad is now a library, as is the collection of xmonad extensions
* xmonad is configured by editing ~/.xmonad/xmonad.hs
* simpler layout hooks type and interface
* small EDSL for writing window management rules
* support for ghc 6.8.x
* xmonad now requires Cabal 1.2 or newer
* small bug fixes
xmonad comes with a huge library of extensions (now more than 5
times the size of xmonad), contributed by viewers like you.
Extensions enable pretty much arbitrary window manager behaviour to
be implemented by users, in Haskell, in the config files. Examples
* ion-like window tabs
* status bar support
* X property and hints support
* altnerative layout algorithms
For more information on using and writing extensions see the webpage.
The library of extensions is available from hackage:
Brought to you by the xmonad team:
with code contributions from:
Brandon Allbery Chris Mears
Shachaf Ben-Kiki Eric Mertens
Alec Berryman Neil Mitchell
Gwern Branwen Devin Mullins
Joachim Breitner Daniel Neri
Alexandre Buisse Stefan O'Rear
Nick Burlett Simon Peyton Jones
Peter De Wachter Hans Philipp Annen
Aaron Denney Karsten Schoelzel
Nelson Elhage Michael Sloan
Shae Erisson Ivan Tarasov
Joachim Fasting Alex Tarkovsky
Michael Fellinger Christian Thiemann
David Glasser Joe Thornber
Kai Grossjohann Matsuyama Tomohiro
Dave Harrison Daniel Wagner
Juraj Hercek Ferenc Wagner
Sam Hughes Jamie Webb
Miikka Koskinen Klaus Weidner
David Lazar nornagon
Lucas Mai timthelion
Robert Marlow Valery V. Vorotyntsev
Dougal Stanton Joel Suovaniemi
Mats Jansborg Dmitry Kurochkin
As well as the support of many others on the #xmonad and #haskell IRC
channels, and the wider Haskell and window manager communities.
Thanks to everyone for their support!
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