Do we need another window manager?
Posted Fri, 22 Feb 2008
I'm not going to get into a discussion about my opinions about the license. Just know that it inconveniences me, and if you know me, you know that I tend to solve problems of inconvenience with new software tools. That means I need a new window manager.
I've tested other window managers, but none fit me as well as ion did.
A few weeks ago I started on a window manager project tentatively called tsawm which implements features I like in ion but without the angry-author problems ion has. I started working on it initially in C, since that's where I use xlib, but C has some drawbacks. A nontrivial percentage of what I perceive to be window manager behavior is basically managing some heirarchy of data (frames, client windows, titles, some state). I started looking at Perl's X11::Protocol and Python's xlib module. Python's xlib module is pretty neat, in that it's a pure-python implementation of the X11 protocol.
Somewhat arbitrarily, I started prototyping to see if writing a window manager in python was possible. Yes, it is. So that's where I'm at today.
I've mostly been hacking things together while learning more about window managing in X, but what I have so far is promising: screenshot.
It's not pretty, but finishing this will help me get past the drama and problems that ion and its author bring. Sorry tuomov, I still love ion, but any licenses that keep me (directly or indirectly) from getting shit done aren't acceptable.