KwesomeDE VS bling

Compare KwesomeDE vs bling and see what are their differences.


A desktop environment made in AwesomeWM (by Kasper24)
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KwesomeDE bling
7 22
324 831
- 1.7%
9.4 4.0
7 months ago about 1 month ago
Lua Lua
- MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of KwesomeDE. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-02-20.
  • Awesome WM customizer/configurator
    9 projects | /r/awesomewm | 20 Feb 2023
    u/BaigGam3rss I still have some work to do to make my own widgets but you probably start with the documentation [1][2]. And then look at some other projects that use Awesome API to build widgets (ex: [3][4][5][6][7]).
  • Network manager?
    3 projects | /r/awesomewm | 19 Feb 2023
    I found the wireless widget from quite nice.
  • looking for the best awesomewm config
    17 projects | /r/awesomewm | 6 Jan 2023
  • Newbie to window manager, why use awesome over other dynamic wm ?
    6 projects | /r/awesomewm | 20 Dec 2022
    Awesome is very different from other window managers...It's a framework window manager! Through its API you can create widgets that are not possible in other WMs (ex: [1],[2],[3].[4]). Furthermore, AwesomeWM can be used as a tiling window managers and as a stacking window managers (like XFCE).
  • Dropdown menu in awesome wm
    3 projects | /r/awesomewm | 26 Sep 2022
    Yes it is possible to do with Awesome API, some examples:
  • Import pywal awesome?
    2 projects | /r/awesomewm | 31 Jul 2022
    Sorry looks like i misspelt the name, here it is
  • animations
    13 projects | /r/awesomewm | 25 May 2022
    KwesomeDE - as well as implementing what seems like his own animations and reinventing a few more wheels than I think will practically ever work outside his own system, though thoroughly interesting.


Posts with mentions or reviews of bling. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-25.
  • Creating custom layout examples
    2 projects | /r/awesomewm | 25 Jan 2023
  • How to add gap on one side?
    1 project | /r/awesomewm | 29 Nov 2022
    I wonder if there's a library that has handled something like that. Bling maybe?
  • New to awesome, have a few questions
    2 projects | /r/awesomewm | 22 Jun 2022
    Widgets are typically obtained by either using widget collections, such a Vicious or Bling, by "extracting" them from other people's repos or by just writing them yourself. Note that, to customize awesome, you really do want to learn how to use the widget system, as otherwise, you'd be missing out on one of awesome's greatest strengths. Also, no, it doesn't matter which distro you use. They are almost always distro independent (except for maybe something like a package update notifier or something, as that really can't be done distro independently). It does however matter whether you use the stable release (4.3 as of now) or the current git master, as stable is about 3 years old while the git master is in very active development. Some of the cooler widgets may only work on the git master branch.
  • animations
    13 projects | /r/awesomewm | 25 May 2022
    Javacafe01 - evidently he has archived his repo, guess NixOS is getting to him. He is also the primary developer behind Bling which also implements Rubato, but in such a way as to take esoteric to new heights if you aren't used to making sense of the big foot scat that is awesomewm configurations.
  • How to color layoutbox?
    1 project | /r/awesomewm | 1 May 2022
    About bling library bugs and improvements you can insert the issue directly to github project:
  • Help : Scratchpads in awesomewm
    1 project | /r/awesomewm | 27 Jan 2022
    There is an external library for Awesome called Bling that implements scratchpads. I've never used i3 so I'm just assuming they are similar. Here is a link to the docs for the Bling scratchpads.
  • simple horizontal tile
    2 projects | /r/awesomewm | 30 Dec 2021 works for me
  • Desktop Pager
    2 projects | /r/awesomewm | 19 Sep 2021
    This question is asked from time to time. Recently I seen some very good try to implement it. I think it was in Bling. Check the tag preview widget there.
  • [OC] Introducing Bling - Utilities for AwesomeWM (More layouts, tabbing, preview widgets, and more!)
    2 projects | /r/awesomewm | 29 Aug 2021
  • Alternative b/c wayland
    5 projects | /r/awesomewm | 21 Aug 2021

What are some alternatives?

When comparing KwesomeDE and bling you can also consider the following projects:

picom - A lightweight compositor for X11

awesome-wm-widgets - Widgets for Awesome Window Manager

awesomewm-config - RAVEN2CZ: AwesomeWM Configuration, Libraries and Themes.

eww - ElKowars wacky widgets

yoru - 夜 - Yoru | Aesthetic and Beautiful Awesome Environment :first_quarter_moon:

awesome - awesome window manager

rice - Home Sweet Home

awestore - Sveltes store API for AwesomeWM.

rubato - Create smooth animations with a slope curve for awesomeWM

awesome-revelation - Show all clients all screens in Awesome window manager

dotfiles - A repository that contains a collection of various rices that i made over the time

lain - Awesome WM complements