If you need a very lightweight desktop environment or you just want to change your desktop without installing all programs that usually come with a full desktop environment, you can test these window managers.

I’m going to show you a couple of examples but you can view a wide list in Window Manager (Arch Wiki).

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Tiling window managers

These WM are based in tiles (windows do not overlap). They make use of key-bindings so you don’t need to use the mouse (like vim).

i3

i3 window manager

XMonad

XMonad window manager

Stacking window managers

These WM provide traditional window management system where windows can be stacked on top of each other.

IceWM

IceWM window manager