Maybe some day in your Linux career you’ve heard of “tiling window managers”. I’ve (more or less) ignored them for many years, because I was happy with Gnome Shell and the “normal” way of handling applications on my screen. But when I started my new Linux job, there were no native Linux machine available for my work, so I had to use VirtualBox with its bad graphics performance. Using Gnome, KDE or any other Desktop environment was not really practical.

To get reasonable performance I needed a very lightweight windows manager with no effects and no other fancy stuff, so I ended up giving tiling window managers a try. Since then I’ve used i3 window manager at my job’s workspace. On my private laptop I chose for “Sway”, because it natively supports the Wayland window protocol (and I like Wayland ;-) ). Sway is quite similar to i3, e.g. basic window control keys are almost the same. Still there are some differences, such as configuration of keyboard and mouse.

In this article I’ll show you some parts of my personal Sway configuration and point out several tools that will be useful in your daily work. This is no complete guide which goes into details of installing every tool! Instructions for installation can be found on the projects' websites.

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VirtualBox nutze ich wegen der relativ guten Grafikperformance gerne für meine Windows-VM unter Fedora 24. Bei ersten Start schlug mir eine Fehlermeldung entgegen: Das notwendige “vboxdrv”-Kernelmodul sei noch nicht geladen, daher könne die VM nicht gestartet werden. Gut - das lässt sich ja lösen: sudo modprobe vbxdrv … doch damit war es nicht getan: Das Modul ließ sich nicht in den Kernel einbinden, weil es für das aktive SecureBoot nicht mit einem passenden MOK (Machine Owner Key) signiert worden war.

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