So Long, and Thanks For the Super Switching

Some years ago, I wrote (and blogged about) a window switching utility, an Alt-Tab replacement called SuperSwitcher.

Given the trend in Linux UIs like GNOME3 and Unity, I went all in and wrote my own window manager instead, in the Go programming languageTaowm is The Acutely Opinionated Window Manager. It is a minimalist, keyboard driven, low distraction, tiling window manager for someone who uses a computer primarily to run just two GUI programs: a web browser and a terminal emulator.

SuperSwitcher no longer scratches an itch I have, and I haven’t made any substantive code changes in years. The truth is that SuperSwitcher is probably a dead project. In 2010, I said that I’d make a 1.0 release for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and I never got around to doing that, but nobody really complained to me about it either.

This blog also isn’t showing much signs of life. If you care, follow me on Google+ instead.



#1 Frank on 02.19.13 at 1:49 am

I use superswitcher about 1000 times a day! Are there any lightweight alternatives in the meantime, which have no big dependencies (like KDE, Gnome, …)?

#2 nigeltao on 02.19.13 at 8:56 am

Superswitcher should still build on recent distros like Ubuntu 12.04. If it does not, let me know.

I believe that it should also work fine with XFCE, and maybe Cinnamon, and maybe KDE. But I haven’t tried it myself.