Awesome window manager
Another day, another window manager.
I have tried a few window managers of various types from wizzy 3D rotating things to keyboard driven ones that you have to recompile to change a setting but I think I have found a really nice one for now and it is called awesome.
It's a simple full screen window manager if the style really manages your windows for you. As you launch another terminal then it squeezes the rest to fit them all on screen. It is a bit of an acquired taste but worth sticking with. They have thought this through and with things like tagging and different modes you can get a very productive setup with a little tweaking.
I have been using it now for the last couple of weeks and it is really starting to grow on me. It has a load of keyboard shortcuts that make using it on my laptop with the track pad a lot easier. It wastes very little space with things like title bars and boarders so with my 12" screen I can fit loads on.
You have to adjust the way you work and it does have a few things that are not perfect but you can work around a most of them. I have a set of gnome tools running in the startup to manage hot plugging of disk, network login and passwords so you get that automated seamless feel of gnome without all the bloat.
There have been some nice changes in the latest 2.1 release candidates that allow you to put a few things on the status bar at the top. So I have spent some time creating a little python script to put some stats and such up there.
Lets see how long I stick at this one.