Projects / Ion


Ion is a tiling (no overlapping windows) window manager that also has PWM-style tabbed frames which can contain multiple client windows. These features help to keep windows organized and to switch quickly between them. Ion was designed primarily as an efficient and unobtrusive window manager for users who prefer the keyboard.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  10 Jan 2009 01:22

    Release Notes: This is a maintenance release fixing a few minor problems.

    •  02 Oct 2008 17:05

      Release Notes: This is another maintenance release that fixes some minor issues.

      •  26 Aug 2008 15:40

        No changes have been submitted for this release.

        •  07 Jul 2008 18:16

          Release Notes: This is a maintenance release with some minor bugfixes.

          •  12 Apr 2008 08:35

            Release Notes: This is a maintenance release with minor bugfixes.

            Recent comments

            04 Jan 2008 11:05 uzsolt

            Re: no longer lgpl
            Me too. But I founded awesome...

            04 Jan 2008 02:38 drvlad

            Re: no longer lgpl
            I actually find the change of license good: I was so darn obsessed with Ion that I was failing to realise there are much better pieces of software (wmii and xmonad to name two). Only after I read about the strange licensing terms did I get up to try something else.

            07 May 2007 13:14 gvy

            Re: no longer lgpl
            I guess no longer interesting (from a debian bug posted).

            Good luck, $AUTHOR.

            07 May 2007 12:58 tehmoth

            no longer lgpl
            The license is no longer covered by the LGPL as indicated in LICENSE:

            "The code of this project is "essentially" licensed under the LGPL, version 2.1, unless otherwise indicated in components taken from elsewhere. It is reproduced below. Additionally, the following terms apply to the use of the names Ion, Ion3, and other derived names:"

            There are additional terms which restrict the license and are in conflict with it.

            12 May 2004 09:51 rvb

            Really nice
            I have first tried ion in 2001 because i had a computer without a mouse. But I dropped it because i didn't find it as extensible as fvwm. With ion2 that changed, the power of lua is great. Handling ion is very comfortable and its code is very clear, so that it was an easy task to modify it to get it adapted to the broken areas of my laptop display. :)

            Big compliment to the authors! :>


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