I'm a great fan of Tiling Window Managers, but It's odd that I couldn't find any Linux Distro that features one as main WM.
For example, Crunchbang features OpenBox, Bodhi features E17, so... wich one features Xmonad/Awesome/I3/DWM...?
Unix & Linux Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
Salix Ratpoison 13.37 is released! This is probably the first ever linux distribution release featuring Ratpoison as the main window manager. The aim of the Ratpoison edition is to create a system that is fully usable with the keyboard only...
(via http://www.linux.org.ru/news/slackware/6856589 (a news item, in Russian))
Salix OS is a derivative of Slackware (via Zenwalk), as explained in the news item where I've read about it.
I don't believe there is. The reason for this is probably that people that use tiling window managers tend to be a) quite technically proficient, and b) tend towards minimalism—or exacting standards of control over their setups.
Neither of these two conditions lends themselves naturally to pre-built solutions.
If your window manager of choice is dwm, for example, why would you want to install a distro where someone else had made the majority of the decisions about the packages, environment etc for you?
You would be much better off with a minimal install of your base distro and configuring everything else yourself – which undermines the rationale for a tiling distribution.
Your best bet is to go for a "minimal install" of your favorite distro and then "build up" from there. A few distros I have used that offer minimalist installations:
Just seen another note about a distro featuring such a window manager:
Awesome has been around for a few years now, but may be gaining some visibility now that Sabayon Linux has added an awesome edition. Guest author Koen Vervloesem has been using awesome for a number of years, and subscribers can click below for his look at the window manager from this week's edition.
Manjaro-i3 is great.
Very sharp, works great ootb, but I'm not sure there is a huge community behind it.
I have had issues mixing de/wm's with i3, when I'm in 'get it done' mode I lean on a tiler vm on top of my gnome de since I can get more done with one twm screen than multi monitors in plasma, gnome etc.
Zenix comes very close. Although I can't tell whether "Awesome" is the default window manager, at least the distro's website is full of it.
Besides that... You have to ask yourself the question whether you really want to do this. Those niche distributions usually suck when it comes to up-to-date packages and long time support. (Or they are for other reasons heavy in maintenance like Gentoo...)
There is: Regolith Linux, website: https://regolith-linux.org/,
Regolith is a modern desktop environment that saves you time by reducing the clutter and ceremony that stand between you and your work. Built on top of Ubuntu and GNOME, Regolith stands on a well-supported and consistent foundation.
It features the
i3-wm, website: https://i3wm.org/
i3 is a tiling window manager, completely written from scratch. The target platforms are GNU/Linux and BSD operating systems, our code is Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) under the BSD license. i3 is primarily targeted at advanced users and developers (...)
wattOS Microwatt uses i3 window manager in the current version 10.
There is a Manjaro respin featuring Awesome as the default WM.
You can download it from here.