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    Question Lightweight tabbed window manager???

    Hi,

    I am just starting to use ubuntu, and I have a few questions.

    About 99% of what i do in ubuntu is taking place in firefox. Therefore i dont really need any other software, because i use windows 7 to do things like make documents etc.
    I would like to know if there is a window manager that has no decorations (window borders etc) and shows all opened windows in a tab bar. I am using gDevilspie at the moment to undecorate the gnome (metacity) window borders on all windows, but i wondered that my computer could be so much faster, because i dont really need any of that eye candy that gnome provides. I just sign in to ubuntu, and open firefox.

    Thererfore you can say that i dont even need a desktop with a wallpaper and stuff like that.

    I wonder if this is possible (maybe another linux distro?)

    please help me,

    sam

    ps sorry for my bad english

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    Re: Lightweight tabbed window manager???

    You could try some of the desktop environments described here:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...wMemorySystems

    XFCE would be a good compromise, balanced in the middle between *really* minimalistic ones and super-duper Gnome/KDE.

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    Re: Lightweight tabbed window manager???

    Actually you will probably want to stay away from any desktop environment, and instead just get yourself a simple window manager. Since you said you are mostly just using one program without decorations, you should definitely check the different tiling window managers to see which one you like most.

    Check out Ion3, Awesome and i3, for example. At least i3 has a tabbed layout...

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    Re: Lightweight tabbed window manager???

    Quote Originally Posted by mcduck View Post
    Actually you will probably want to stay away from any desktop environment, and instead just get yourself a simple window manager. Since you said you are mostly just using one program without decorations, you should definitely check the different tiling window managers to see which one you like most.

    Check out Ion3, Awesome and i3, for example. At least i3 has a tabbed layout...
    +1
    Usin a tiling window-manager is highly recommended indeed.. lots of options.
    Check out Awesome and Xmonad.
    Another floating (non-tiling) window manager you may consider is Fluxbox, it also supports tabbing and just like the tiling wm's it's very light and extremely fast.

    Edit: You don't need to use another distribution although there are better options.
    It's up to you, you can also simply install the wm of choice and start it up from your loginscreen.
    Last edited by kellemes; March 6th, 2011 at 10:12 AM.

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