[xmonad] So Long, Farewell

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Sun Jul 26 23:09:57 EDT 2009

> XMonad folks...
> Just in case anyone wants feedback about why people may or may not
> choose to use XMonad, I thought I'd give some.
> I'm moving away from XMonad and back to the window manager I keep coming
> back to: Fvwm.  This isn't because I hate XMonad, XMonad is cool.  But I
> miss my eye-candy, and I miss the ability to move and resize floating
> windows with just the mouse (rather than mouse+key).  I remember seeing
> a post here saying that there were two models for interacting with a
> window manager: (1) keyboard alone and (2) mouse and keyboard.  But
> there's also mouse-alone.  Sometimes one wishes to have a hand free, to
> drink a cuppa, eat a sandwich, whatever.  Or one is using a laptop where
> "mouse" (touchpad) use requres two hands, one for the touchpad and the
> other for the buttons.  XMonad doesn't support that.
> Then I found that it was easier to write a tiling module for Fvwm
> than to write eye-candy for XMonad.  Part of that is because I'm
> familiar with Perl and I haven't (yet) learned enough about Haskell.
> Fvwm's modular design plus its Perl bindings enabled me to have
> somewhere to start, while I didn't know where to start with XMonad.
> Also, altering the decorations of XMonad seems to be a more daunting,
> low-level task than adding tiling behaviour to Fvwm.
> After beavering away for a few weeks, I've got my Fvwm tiling module
> working well enough, and so I no longer need to use XMonad.

Thanks for the feedback!

-- Don

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