Compositing Window Managers

polonium – tiling window manager for KWin

polonium is a tiling window manager for KWin.

This is free and open source software.

X11 has been briefly tested but is not officially supported.

Features include:

  • Works in Wayland Plasma 5.27 and higher.
  • Actual tiling backend using binary trees and decent enough code where you can mod in your own.
  • Edit tile sizes with the integrated KWin GUI.
  • Move and tile windows with your mouse and keyboard.
  • Set layouts independently of desktop.
  • Windows are automatically tiled unless the whitelist option is enabled. Windows in the blacklist will be excluded from either being tiled or not being tiled, depending on the whitelist option.
  • Engines:
    • BTree – Breadth-first binary tree engine, sort of balances windows.
    • Half – Put one main window on the left and several on the right. Can also be the other way around.
    • Three Column – Put one main window in the center and some on the left and right.
    • Monocle – Place all of your windows in the center and stack them on top of each other.
    • KWin – Float windows, but keep the Kwin tiling system intact so you can place them as you want and preserve their locations.

Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Vaughan Milliman
License: MIT License

polonium is written in TypeScript. Learn TypeScript with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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