[Xmonad] [HUMOR] xmonad useless without programming skills ?
Michael F. Lamb
mike at datagrok.org
Fri Sep 14 17:40:54 EDT 2007
> How many non-programmers are using tiling window managers in X11 though?
I don't think that line of thinking is the right direction to go. I've
liked the idea of a tiling window manager before I began using or
hacking on it. I don't think there's anything inherently more
programmer-ish about a window management scheme which deviates from the
de facto "piles of crap" layout.
So, I'd agree with Alex on this, but on the other hand I would also
recoil a bit at the suggestion that this feature be added to the core,
since there are bound to be many differing opinions on what is best.
> What would the alternatives look like? Some ad hoc 1st (or 0th) order,
> configuration language like .muttrc or something nasty like VimScript?
Might it not be possible for there to exist something in XMonadContrib
that contains all the bloat necessary to provide a gtk (or qt) gui
configuration tool? That way, (in addition to Don being able to avoid
this question altogether,)
- Distributors could enable it in Config.hs and compile it for the
"non-programmers," while the rest of us are happy with our lean,
efficient core XMonad.
- Various configuration fronts could be contributed and selectively
enabled/ignored (GTK storing data in the gconf registry thing, QT
however the KDE people store application data, vimscript, .muttrc, etc.)
I'm not enough of a Haskell/XMonad hacker to fully think this through
though... I expect it might even sound quite naive. I'm sure I'll be
able to learn a lot from your replies.
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