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    KWin Alternatives

    KWin is described as 'window manager for the X Window System, and is in the process of becoming a Wayland compositor. It integral part, and the default window manager of the Plasma Workspaces, but it can also be used on its own or with other desktop environments' and is a Window Manager in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to KWin for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, BSD and X11. The best alternative is Compiz, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like KWin are Dexpot (Free Personal), VirtuaWin (Free, Open Source), awesome (Free, Open Source) and Xmonad (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Mar 24, 2021
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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    KWin is a window manager for the X Window System, and is in the process of becoming a Wayland compositor. It is an integral...
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Compiz is a compositing manager adding fancy effects to your windows, from drop shadows to awesome desktop effects like the Desktop Cube or the Expo view.
      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      Dexpot turns your monitor into up to 20. It creates and manages virtual desktops and enables you to work far more efficiently and comfortably with many simultaneously opened windows on Windows 95/98/ME and NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista (incl. x64).

      Discontinued

      Dead app. 3 years since the last update. Not compatible with current version of Windows. See changelog: http://www.dexpot.de/?id=changelog



      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • PortableApps.com
      VirtuaWin is a virtual desktop manager for the Windows operating system (Win9x/ME/NT/Win2K/XP/Win2003/Vista/Win7/Win10). A virtual desktop manager lets you organize applications over several virtual desktops (also called ‘workspaces’).
    1. awesome is a highly configurable, next generation framework window manager for X. It is very fast, extensible and licensed under the GNU GPLv2 license.
    2. xmonad is a dynamically tiling X11 window manager that is written and configured in Haskell. In a normal WM, you spend half your time aligning and searching for windows. xmonad makes work easier, by automating this.


    3. Preme is a free software for Windows which lets you add cool desktop features and enhances the desktop functionality.
    4. Mission Control, formerly Exposé, is a feature of the OS X operating system.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Xfce
      Skippy-XD is a full-screen task-switcher for X11. You know that thing Mac OS X, Compiz and KWin do where you press a hotkey and suddenly you see miniature versions of all your windows at once? Skippy-XD does just that.
    5. Bluetile is a tiling window manager for Linux, designed to integrate with the GNOME desktop environment. It provides both a traditional, stacking layout mode as well as tiling layouts where windows are arranged to use the entire screen without overlapping.

      Discontinued

      The last commit on this software is ten years ago and the GNOME desktop has moved on. Notably, it is now difficult to replace the default window manager in GNOME.

    6. A lightweight utility for allowing you to quickly snap windows to a tiling grid under your existing Linux window manager. Can be triggered via keyboard shortcuts, the command line, or D-Bus calls.
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