Use Tiling Window Manger

A biased opinion on how Tilind Window Managers(TWM) can increase productivity and can save you time and money.

Use Tiling Window Manger

I don’t know if it is just me but after starting to use Linux I’ve increased my productivity a lot.

My brain was trained by windows OS that this is how a window manager should be and other WMs are strange.

I have used Ubuntu for a long time and it did show me workspaces but my then windows brain ignored it. I used to disable it.

I was like

“Why would anyone want to open an app in a different space?”

I was so wrong. I had to use a Tiling Window Manager to realize the true power of workspaces.

One of the productivity reasons for not going to windows is TWMs and Workspaces. Whoever created these, a big thank you.

I have hopped distros mostly because of different desktop environments but settled to Ubuntu Mini and i3wm. This is more than enough for everything I do on a computer.

Here is the RAM usage by i3WM on my laptop without any apps running.

i3 windows manager ram usage

On this very laptop windows struggle to handle VSCode. Windows can be a resource hog. Doesn’t let you open a lot of things at once if you’re using a medium spec computer. Linux on the other hand does it fantastically well.

There are hundreds of linux distributions(distros) available to use. Most of them are spin-offs of a stable linux distrubution like debian, arch etc. Jumping from one distro to another is called distro-hopping.

You can try any of these distros but I recommend you to use a tiling window manager as the desktop environment instead of DEs like GNOME, KDE, etc.

Distro-hopping is mostly waste of time

You can also choose leaner distros like Arch or Arch based distros for better driver support and rolling release. A beginner should use something stable and stick with it for a while until they see value in other distros.

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