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  • #11
    I have run Sway a bit and do like it. I don' t really like the configuration syntax, but I understand that its goal is to be a Wayland implementation of i3, and uses the same configuration syntax as i3. I'd much prefer say an INI file or better yet TOML. Easy to read, but just my opinion here.

    In regards to a tiling window manager, my main use case is to have two windows side by side, left and right, full height each. I'd love to see a simple hybrid shell/window manager that could do tiling and floating. On Windows and macOS, both using the floating paradigm, I can use the built-in snap functionality on Windows and I always install Rectangle (pretty much successor of Spectacle) on macOS to achieve. Both do hotkeys and drag to edge snap and resizing. They both do a lot more than the above two window case I mention above, but that and hotkeying to full-screen are mostly what I need.

    At any rate, I like tiling window managers, but I also would love to see something that added in a little more and gave a little more control when needed. And somethings that was a fresh start, so could approach things clean, not something that was a port of something, mistakes included. FYI, I have installed Wayfire just to give it a spin, but most of those effects are distractions. But their snap to edge functionality is pretty cool!
    Last edited by ehansin; 17 March 2021, 10:12 AM.

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    • #12
      Originally posted by ed31337 View Post
      Does anybody know of a way to configure Sway so that it defaults to opening new windows in "floating" mode instead of tiling? I can't stand tiling.
      Look at the `for_window` rules.

      But if you don't like tiling, don't use a tiling window manager. Their MO does not work for floating windows.

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      • #13
        I use Sway with tabbed mode. I'm mod+w all the time, baby!

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        • #14
          I've been using Sway for a year now and it's pretty good. The only problems I have are outside of Sway's control such as GDM forgetting that sway exists and going to gnome at times on login, some wine "always on top float" windows being unusable (no input).

          There's one odd bug which is probably also Wayland rather than Sway. Some wine fullscreen games will "hold the mouse" in other screens. If I switch off to the browser for example the mouse cursor stays decorated and I can't click anything. Oddly enough some other apps work fine so it's specific to Wayland vs XWayland apps I guess.

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          • #15
            Originally posted by ehansin View Post
            FYI, I have installed Wayfire just to give it a spin, but most of those effects are distractions. But their snap to edge functionality is pretty cool!
            You can disable most of the effects pretty easily in Wayfire. Just remove the "animate" and "wobbly" plugins from being enabled in the configuration file.

            I'm using Wayfire 0.7.0 and I've never been able to see any "snap to edge" functionality working. What do you mean by "snap to edge?" I was hoping for windows that would have a slight resistance to being moved beyond the edges of the viewable screen area, but no such luck. Windows that have a slight resistance when moving them up against other window's edges would be nice too.

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            • #16
              Originally posted by jacob View Post

              In that case why are you using a TILING desktop manager?
              Can't Sway run in tabbed mode too? i3 can.

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              • #17
                Originally posted by jacob View Post

                More like he wanted to fly from New York to Paris but in fact boarded a train to Baltimore and now he's asking the locals where's the Eiffel Tower.
                Sway actually supports floating, while Baltimore doesn't have anything like the Eiffel Tower, so your comparison is moot. You should've said "Tokyo" instead of Baltimore as Tokyo actually has something that looks remarkably like the Eiffel Tower.

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                • #18
                  Originally posted by aorth View Post
                  I use Sway with tabbed mode. I'm mod+w all the time, baby!
                  No, you should stop using Sway if you use tabbed mode because that's not tiling either, according to the snarky comments here.

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                  • #19
                    i3 / Sway is also fairly competent as a floating WM. It has a title bar you can move the window with and borders that you can drag to resize the window with.

                    What more do people want?

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                    • #20
                      While sway is a tiling compositor by design, it supports floating windows quite well. What's more important, it allows expanding it's functionality via two IPC mechanisms: wlr foreign toplevel protocol (via wlroots) and i3 IPC. These allow implementation of additional window handling functionality (i.e. taskbars, window switchers etc). I found it quite easy to design a good floating window workflow around sway. And given that sway is probably the most actively maintained lightweight compositor currently, it's not an unreasonable choice for a floating layout.

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