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* goose

*Status:* pre-alpha

Goose is a wayland compositor written in c and tcl/tk.

Aspired features include:
- good use of wlroots (device detection, multi-monitor, screensharing, etc.)
- control, configuration, hackability via tcl, json
- gui hackability via tk
- stacked windows by default
- grouping (tabs, piles, concats)
- tagging (workspace-like behavior)
- marking (for quick focusing)
- overview (mac's exposé, spaces, mosaic, etc.; an extended alt-tab; a graphical configuration tool)


Terms:
- input: mouse, keyboard, etc.
- output: monitor, etc.
- root: structure of all frames
- view: visible space, contains subset of root
- frame: contains windows
  - tab: laid out in tabs, front window totally visible, the rest totally hidden
  - pile: laid out in piles, front window totally visible, the rest partially/totally hidden
  - concat: laid out flat and adjoined, all windows totally visible
- window: an application's immediate graphical representation
- tag: an index on frames for visibility-toggling
- mark: an index on frames for focus-toggling
- get: state query (by a client)
- set: state modification request (by a client)

** Build

1. ~cd goose/~
1. ~$EDITOR config.mk~ and ~make~
1. ~./build/goose~


** Why

- want some practice with c + tcl and shipping a complete program
- tcl and tk are awesome
- wayland seems to hold a bright future
- yet to see a stacking wayland window manager (at least packaged for the distro that I use) that works intuitively, that works in a way that I like by default (cwm, openbox), and whose near-core behavior is easily customisable
- want to experiment with seemingly cool ui, layout, ipc ideas
- called "goose" because when you get tcl'd, you get goose-bumps