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Alternative for Multiple Workspaces and Terminals

asked 2013-11-11 14:02:58 -0600

ioplex gravatar image

I just installed F19. Very smooth installation and everything worked flawlessly. Nice job. But ....

As a developer I use a 3x3 grid of workspaces with 2-3 terminals across two displays. Meaning I can be using 10-20 terminals simultaneously to edit code, ssh and so on.

Clearly the default desktop is just not designed for this type of work. I see there are alternative packages like different window managers or whatever that can be installed. I have not re-installed Linux in 3 years so I'm not up-to-date on the latest tool chain. Can someone recommend a good package or set of packages to get the sort of desktop environment I describe above? I don't care if it's "eye candy" or whatever. I'm just trying to get work done here. I just need something super stable that can be configured to launch many terminals across multiple workspaces on login.

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Since it's come up again.... with GNOME3, hold shift when clicking to open a new instance of an application.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-09-17 08:27:40 -0600 )edit

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answered 2015-09-17 04:00:47 -0600

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updated 2015-09-17 04:01:50 -0600

This is an old thread, but the OP and others who stumble across this might like Awesome. It's a highly configurable tiling window manager.

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answered 2015-09-17 08:50:54 -0600

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Well if you're into terminal multiplexing and tabbing I could recommend tmux or screen but you'll need to learn them. Easier alternative is to use program called terminator which is classic terminal window that also gives you the possibility to split it as you wish.

If you need something to manage all of your programs into tiles that you need some tilling window manager for that instead of Gnome. I've used Awesome WM for a long time so I'm a little bit biased towards it. Another good and arguably easy to start window manager that supports tiling is i3wm so you could also check it out ;-)

Hope I helped with some of the suggestions.

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answered 2013-11-11 15:54:32 -0600

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The strange thing is that I was doing multiple workspaces / terminals since forever up to this point. And the last install used GNOME 2. Maybe I had a plugin or something but I have never had a desktop that could NOT do multiple workspaces / terminals. Even WindowMaker with Xterm did it by default out of the box and that was probably 1997 or so.

Is there any way to just run GNOME 2 or is that branch just totally dead?

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answered 2013-11-11 15:00:06 -0600

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You might want to take a look at DevilsPie: https://wiki.gnome.org/DevilsPie because it allows you to place windows on specific desktops, exactly where you want them and so on. I played with it a few years ago, but never took the time it needed to get everything Just Right. (It does take a bit of work, unless it's advanced considerably since then.) I suspect that you'll need a bit of trickery to get multiple terms open in different places, such as using alias to give each instance a distinct name.

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