Subject: ANNOUNCE: xmonad 0.4
Date: Wednesday 17th October 2007 23:33:13 UTC (over 10 years ago)
The xmonad dev team is pleased to announce the 0.4 release of xmonad! http://xmonad.org xmonad is a tiling window manager for X. Windows are arranged automatically to tile the screen without gaps or overlap, maximising screen use. Window manager features are accessible from the keyboard: a mouse is optional. xmonad is written, configured and extensible in Haskell. Custom layout algorithms, key bindings and other extensions may be written by the user in Haskell, in config files. Window layouts are applied dynamically, and different layouts may be used on each workspace. Xinerama is fully supported, allowing windows to be tiled across several physical screens. Features: * Simple, intuitive user interface * Stable, fast and small memory footprint * Automatic window tiling and management * First class keyboard support: a mouse is unnecessary * Full support for tiling windows on multi-head displays * Full support for floating windows * XRandR support to rotate, add or remove monitors dynamically * Per-workspace layout algorithms * Per-screens custom status bars * Easy, powerful customisation and reconfiguration * Large extension library * Extensive documentation and support for hacking This is a big release, with every feature we originally proposed for xmonad implemented. Since xmonad 0.3, the following notable improvments have appeared: * Powerful "rules" system: config files may specify rules about how particular applications are handled. For example, gimp might always be placed in the floating layer, or firefox always placed on workspace 2. Gnome dock apps (such as kicker or gnome-panel) might always be placed in a status bar gap and unmanaged. * User-specified workspace tag types (not restricted to numeric keys). E.g. "web" or "www" are valid workspace tags now. * Layouts algorithms serialisable. Current workspace state preserved across restarts/reconfiguration, including user-written modules' state * User written code sandboxed from the core applicuation further, making it safer to experiment with new extensions * 100% code coverage of logic core of xmonad by its testsuite, thanks to QuickCheck and HPC. * More hooks to make writing expressive extensions easier * mod-m to shift focus to the `master' window * many new binary distributions, for various flavours of Linux and BSD, OSX is also well supported. * extensions: xmonad comes with a huge library of extensions (3 times the size of xmonad itself), contributed by viewers like you. Extensions enable pretty much arbitrary window manager behaviour to be implemented by users, in Haskell, in the config files. For more information on using and writing extensions, see the webpage. Get it! More information, screenshots, documentation, tutorials and community resources are available from the xmonad home page: http://xmonad.org The 0.4 release, and its dependencies, are available from hackage.haskell.org, here: http://hackage.haskell.org/cgi-bin/hackage-scripts/package/xmonad Brought to you by the xmonad team: Spencer Janssen Don Stewart Jason Creighton Andrea Rossato David Roundy with code contributions from: Brandon Allbery Chris Mears Shachaf Ben-Kiki Eric Mertens Alec Berryman Neil Mitchell Gwern Branwen Devin Mullins Joachim Breitner Daniel Neri Alexandre Buisse Stefan O'Rear Nick Burlett Simon Peyton Jones Peter De Wachter Hans Philipp Annen Aaron Denney Karsten Schoelzel Nelson Elhage Michael Sloan Shae Erisson Ivan Tarasov Joachim Fasting Alex Tarkovsky Michael Fellinger Christian Thiemann David Glasser Joe Thornber Kai Grossjohann Matsuyama Tomohiro Dave Harrison Daniel Wagner Juraj Hercek Ferenc Wagner Sam Hughes Jamie Webb Miikka Koskinen Brent Yorgey David Lazar nornagon Lucas Mai timthelion Robert Marlow Klaus Weidner As well as the support of a cast of hundreds on the #xmonad and #haskell IRC channels, and the wider Haskell, FP and window manager communities. Thanks to everyone for their support!