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Description Herbstluftwm is an innovative manual tiling window manager for X11.
Has website http://herbstluftwm.org/
Persons working on The Compiler, Thorsten, Ypnos
Tags window manager, open-source, software
Located at assembly ICMP, CCC-CH
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Herbstluftwm is a manual tiling window manager for X11 using Xlib and Glib. Its main features can be described with:

  • the layout is based on splitting frames into subframes which can be split again or can be filled with windows (similar to i3/ musca)
  • tags (or workspaces or virtual desktops or …) can be added/removed at runtime. Each tag contains an own layout
  • exactly one tag is viewed on each monitor. The tags are monitor independent (similar to xmonad)
  • it is configured at runtime via ipc calls from herbstclient. So the configuration file is just a script which is run on startup. (similar to wmii/ musca)

See the 28C3 lightning talk.

Feel free to visit us, meet the core developers of herbstluftwm, and share your ideas!