Posted on 2016-09-10 Edit on GitHub
Tiling window managers (WMs) are beloved by hackers everywhere. Not being a hacker, I never paid them much attention, but my experience with the Haskell-based XMonad a while back was positive enough that I wanted to try a Lisp-based WM.
For a tool like a VM, which requires a lot of tweaking, Lisp is a great choice due to its evaluate-on-the-fly capability. No need to modify a configuration file and restart the whole window system; simply redefine a command, evaluate it, and see it in action. The feedback loop is much tighter, and, as a result, a lot more tweaking can be done.
When it comes to Lisp-based WMs, The obvious choice is StumpWM, which promises an "Emacs-like" experience. As a big Emacs fan, I was intrigued. StumpWM's philosophy is:
- Hack the good hack
- Debug your good hack
- Customize your window manager
Which sounds good to me.
Installing StumpWM is somewhat of a hassle. The bigger problem, however, is that the README does not contain instructions on how to start hacking. There's a manual, but a program that prides itself on being "hackable" should put "how to hack" front and center!
(require :swank) (swank-loader:init) (swank:create-server :port 4004 :style swank:*communication-style* :dont-close t)
slime-connect in Emacs.