The Ion window manager

I’ve started using the Ion Window Manager after reading an article about it via Rootprompt. So far I’m really liking it, although it’s going to take some getting used to.

Ion … tries to address the navigation problem by having the screen divided into frames that take up the whole screen and never overlap.

I’ve been getting more and more dissatisfied by Gnome for a while now, and in particular by the way I have to use my mouse for so much mundane navigational stuff. This may or may not be an improvement – only time will tell – but I’m going to give it a go.

So far the main thing I’m missing is “sticky” windows, in particular gkrellm – ion currently has no concept of stickiness and it looks like the author isn’t intending to introduce one, saying that it breaks the paradigm. Hmmm…

I was a bit worried about The Gimp at first – it didn’t look like it was going to be usable. However, now I’ve figured out I can put the gimp windows on their own workspace, I’m thinking it might become more usable. Just maybe.