What's the good window manager for a beginner?

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  • i3

    A tiling window manager for X11

    A "Window Manager" usually refers to something a bit more bare bones. As another poster mentioned, i3 is a very popular choice. Being bare bones, however, an actual WM is probably going to be a bit more command line heavy and have a bit more of a learning curve. That's why I assume you're asking about DEs, not WMs.

  • caja

    Caja, the file manager for the MATE desktop (by mate-desktop)

    If you want a full-featured solution, you're talking about a desktop environment. You have several good options there: GNOME, Plasma, and Cinnamon are very popular (if a bit more resource heavy) ones. Popular lighter desktop environments include XFCE and MATE.

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  • xmonad

    The core of xmonad, a small but functional ICCCM-compliant tiling window manager

    As far as wms go, I always liked fluxbox and xmonad. Openbox has its fans, and i3 is very popular. I prefer a de over a wm but I know a lot of people use i3.

  • arewewaylandyet

    Sources for https://arewewaylandyet.com

    I do like Sway, but before diving in remember that we're not fully Wayland yet.

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