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    Widescreen monitors: any suggestion for a tabbed tiled wm?

    Hello All

    Might be time for a new monitor soon (backlight uneven and getting dimmer).

    Good value LCDs are all wide-screen now, around 1920 by 1080 being common in the 23/24 inch size range. We have those at work and I never seem to use the right hand part of the screen.

    What i'd like is a wide region on the left, say 1200 pixels and full height. Then a 'gutter' on the right that could be split into two (or more) small 700 by 500 regions.

    Within each region, it would be possible to load and maximise several applications. EG the main region could have Firefox / LibreOffice apps. Side panels could be mail/music or text editors &c. The various applications would be tabbed within their regions, and would load into the appropriate region on start up.

    Any ideas on how this could be achieved? A combination tiled and tabbed window manager? Running inside Gnome or with XCFE or at least GDM for services?

    This is a PC with wired network. Thanks.

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    Re: Widescreen monitors: any suggestion for a tabbed tiled wm?

    OK, I'm bumping this as I have discovered bluetile

    http://www.bluetile.org/

    and have it installed along with Gnome 2-something on a Debian Squeeze 'play' partition. Just need to learn the keyboard shortcuts!

    http://dhost.info/devnull/new-monitor-browser.jpg

    is what it looks like. Any other suggestions welcome. I've tried dwm and awesome, may spend more time working out how awesome works as it seems a little 'unstable' to me.

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    Re: Widescreen monitors: any suggestion for a tabbed tiled wm?

    I don't know how good it is but X-Tile will do what you want..

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    Re: Widescreen monitors: any suggestion for a tabbed tiled wm?

    Something simple that you can try:

    With XFWM4 you can specify an area in pixels to the left or right (also top/bottom) of your screen that maximized windows will not cover (also regular windows will not cover by default). You can specify such area of say 700 pixels so that the main windows (Firefox and LO) will not cover. Then you can manually put whatever windows you want in the remaining 700 pixels and you can tell them to show on all screens (so you have it on all workspaces).

    Notice that on the picture Firefox is maximized, although I couldn't make it reserve more than 1/4 of the size of the screen.
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    Re: Widescreen monitors: any suggestion for a tabbed tiled wm?

    i think scrotwm does tabbing as well as tiling. tabbing fuctionality is probably gonna be your limiting factor here.

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    @3Miro Thanks very much, I'll try that one out soon

    @aeiah I'm working my way through the tile wms one by one. Thanks for the suggestion.

    @PhillyPhil: anything from the author of CherryTree will be interesting: I'll try it out in a fresh Gnome session, thanks

    Bluetile seems a good compromise right now, but I know its not the final answer.
    Last edited by keithpeter; August 15th, 2011 at 01:35 PM. Reason: Added response to x-tile suggestion

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    Re: Widescreen monitors: any suggestion for a tabbed tiled wm?

    I have also been interested in a tiling WM/DE. I have a 24" monitor running Xfce, and having tiling support would be awesome.

    X-Tile is just an applet that will arrange your windows automatically for you, but not even close to a tiling WM.

    Bluetile is really cool, but it is only for Gnome2. If I could get a tiling WM integrated into Xfce that would be awesome.

    I have tried tiling WMs in the past and liked them, but I prefer a full DE that has tiling support. Apparently KDE has decent true tiling support, unfortunately I just don't like the rest of KDE lol.

    @3Miro... that looks pretty cool, I might have to give that a try. It is not true tiling, but could give me enough of what I am looking for.
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    i think pytyle works with openbox, if you dont mind jumping away slightly from xfce. xmonad, probably the most popular tiling wm, can work with gnome2 and xfce

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    just to add: i use openbox, and have keypad binds for manual tiling functionality. i dont always need things to tile, and so i find this the most efficient way of doing things. i explain it a bit here:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...6&postcount=18

    as well as resizing+moving to 50% height/width, i also have key combos to resize+move horizontally at 66%/33% so i can have small ones to the right and one (or two) larger windows on the left.

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    Re: Widescreen monitors: any suggestion for a tabbed tiled wm?

    Hello All

    Thanks for these suggestions, looks like I'm going to have to try xmonad as bluetile is based/fits in with that more comprehensive system. But xmonad is a half gigabyte install on Debian Squeeze - I have no idea what they have got in there.

    I'd like to have what bluetile does with XFCE as well by the way.
    Last edited by keithpeter; August 16th, 2011 at 05:38 PM.

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