Saturday 1 June 2013

Notion: Tiling Window Manager For Linux

For desktop interfaces, window management has always been a problem needing a solution. From the superbar and Aero features of Windows 7, to the Mission Control paradigm of OS X, there is no lack of approaches to window management. Linux have always been the most hackable and creative of all, and a new app called Notion is just one of the many implementations in the Linux ecosystem that tries to solve this problem.

Notion treats your desktop as a set of fixed, non-overlapping tiles. You can add as many tiles as you want, allowing you to maximize a window into a tile. It also lets you add multiple windows into a tile converting them into tabs.

For live use cases, just imagine having multiple windows open, stacked and organized by tiles. This way, you won’t have to drag or resize each window since they are allocated to a specific area on your desktop. The tabbed workflow in the tile’s area makes window-switching much more seamless.

Notion works with the X windows system and supports popular Linux platforms like Debian, Gentoo, Arch and SUSE. It also work with other platforms like FreeBSD, NetBSD, and Solaris.


  • Window management app for Linux.
  • Divides your desktop into fixed tiles.
  • Maximize windows into different tiles.
  • Multiple windows in one tile can be “tabbed”.

Check out Notion @

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