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    bug.n is described as 'tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey' and is a Window Manager in the News & Books category. There are more than 50 alternatives to bug.n for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, BSD, Mac and KDE. The best alternative is i3, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like bug.n are Cairo Shell (Free, Open Source), Openbox (Free, Open Source), VirtuaWin (Free, Open Source) and awesome (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Mar 15, 2022
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    bug.n is a tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey.
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    1. herbstluftwm is a manual tiling window manager for X11 using Xlib and Glib.
    2. Left is a tiling window manager written in rust for stability and performance. The core of left is designed to do one thing and one thing well. Be a window manager. Because you probably want more than just a black screen LeftWM is built around the concept of theming.

    3. Tuck is a handy menu bar application that allows you to quickly and simply clear multi-window clutter by hiding windows under your screen edges.
    4. elokab-fm fast and lightweight file manager.
    5. Talisman Desktop is a configurable Windows shell replacement introduced in 1997 by Lighttek Software. It is available in a number of languages including English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian and Italian.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      The SphereXP is a 3D desktop replacement for Microsoft Windows. Taking the known concept of three-dimensional desktops to its own level. It offers a new way to organize objects on the desktop such as icons and applications. It has been tried out by millions worldwide.


      Official website not accessible. Available here:

    6. i3-gaps is a fork of i3wm, a tiling window manager for X11. It is kept up to date with upstream, adding a few additional features such as gaps between windows.
    7. Phoenix is a lightweight OS X window and app manager scriptable with JavaScript. You can also easily use languages which compile to JavaScript such as CoffeeScript. Phoenix aims for efficiency and a very small footprint.
    8. WMFS² is a lightweight and highly configurable tiling window manager for X written in C. WMFS² is a free software distributed under the BSD license. It can be driven from keyboard or mouse and its configuration stands in one text file, easily understandable.


      The last update on the GitHub repo ( was on August 14th, 2013. The official website is no longer accessible, but has been archived by Internet Archive:

    9. CubeDesktop NXT provides you up to 16 workspaces, each with its own wallpaper and set of icons, allowing you to quickly and easily switch between them using a live and interactive 3D environment.
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