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Ratpoison is described as 'simple window manager with no fat library dependencies, no fancy graphics, no window decorations, and no rodent dependence. The screen can be split into non-overlapping frames. All windows are kept maximized inside their frames to take full advantage of your' and is a Window Manager in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Ratpoison for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Mac, Windows and FreeBSD. The best alternative is i3, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Ratpoison are Openbox, awesome, Sway and Xmonad.

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  1. i3 icon

    i3

    • Linux
    • BSD
    41 alternatives to i3 

    i3 is a dynamic tiling window manager with clean, readable and documented code, featuring extended Xinerama support, usage of libxcb instead of xlib and several improvements over wmii.

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    i3 with VIM, git, MPlayer, i3bar
    dzen2, VIM, bash, top
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    Openbox

    • Linux
    • BSD
    40 alternatives to Openbox 

    Openbox is a highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support.

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    Discontinued

    No actively developed anymore. Last commit was in 2015.

    BlackWhite theme by lyrae @ box-look.org


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    awesome

    • Linux
    • BSD
    45 alternatives to awesome 

    awesome is a highly configurable, next generation framework window manager for X. It is very fast, extensible and licensed under the GNU GPLv2 license.

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    Sway

    40 alternatives to Sway 

    Sway is a tiling Wayland compositor and a drop-in replacement for the i3 window manager for X11. It works with your existing i3 configuration and supports most of i3's features, plus a few extras.

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    Xmonad

    • Mac
    • Linux
    42 alternatives to Xmonad 

    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.

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    dwm

    • Linux
    • BSD
    33 alternatives to dwm 

    dwm is a dynamic window manager for X. It manages windows in tiled, monocle and floating layouts. All of the layouts can be applied dynamically, optimising the environment for the application in use and the task performed.

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    1.  Lightweightdwm consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    IceWM

    • Linux
    • BSD
    33 alternatives to IceWM 

    IceWM is a Window Manager for X Window System. It is fast and memory-efficient, and it provides many different looks including Windows'95, OS/2 Warp 3,4, Motif.

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    yabai

    63 alternatives to yabai 

    yabai started as a C99 rewrite of chunkwm, originally supposed to be its first RC version.

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    bspwm

    39 alternatives to bspwm 

    A tiling window manager based on binary space partitioning.

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    JWM

    37 alternatives to JWM 

    JWM is a light-weight window manager for the X11 Window System. JWM is written in C and uses only Xlib at a minimum. Because of its small footprint, JWM makes a good window manager for older computers and less powerful systems, such as the .

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    1.  LightweightJWM consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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