When comparing musca vs tmux, the Slant community recommends tmux for most people. In the question“What are the best tiling window managers for Linux?” tmux is ranked 12th while musca is ranked 14th. The most important reason people chose tmux is:
As long as you don't close your session, you may even lose your SSH connection, it'll keep your state just as it was. So you can resume where you left off (via `tmux attach`).
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Pro Intuitive interface
All the defaults for musca are quite simple to understand and they work well, making for a very intuitive interface.
Pro Space efficient
Musca has zero panels, icons, tabs, or window decorations that take up precious screen space (though these items can be added on top by installing separate apps to perform these functions).
Pro Grouping system similar to virtual desktops
Windows are placed in named groups which can be used in a similar fashion to virtual desktops. Groups can be added and removed on the fly, and each group has its own frame layout.
Pro Multi-screen support out of the box
Musca has built-in multi-screen support and automatically creates groups for all available screens.
Pro Can handle floating windows
Since not all applications suit tiling, a more traditional stacking window manager mode is also available, allowing windows to float at any screen location and overlap.
Pro Uses the same commands in its commands menu as in its startup file
The commands menu uses the same commands as the startup file, making configuration very simple.
Pro Frames are either bordered or highlighted
Musca window manager has a slim border around its displayed windows, while there is a highlighted frame around the active window.
Pro Preserve the state
As long as you don't close your session, you may even lose your SSH connection, it'll keep your state just as it was. So you can resume where you left off (via
Pro Maximize screen space
As a tiling window manager, it'll make use of all the space. As you have multiple workspaces and you can resize, etc. you can adjust to see what matters most.
Pro Easily split panes
There is a keyboard shortcut that makes it easy to split a window and create more panes.
Pro Mouse support
Mouse support can optionally be enabled, allowing e.g. scrolling with the mouse wheel, or switching panes with mouse clicks.
Pro Windows linked to sessions
tmux calls the individual shell instances windows. They are displayed like tabs in the status line. These windows can be shared between different sessions, so that any given shell instance can be in any number of tmux sessions used for different purposes or by different users. This allows configurations like the following example: User A: wAB, wA1, wA2; User B: wB1, wAB, wB2
Open ~/.tmux.conf to get started. You can customize keybindings, the bottom status bar, color schemes, the clock screen, your time zone, and more.
Pro Only need to learn a few keyboard shortcuts and commands to make much headway
Pro Frequently updated
Tmux is in a state of constant development. Updates are frequent and bug reports usually get an answer within days.
Con Lack of status bar
If the user wishes to use a status bar, they will need to install one separately as there are none in musca by default.
Con Poorly designed key binding
Counter-intuitive keyboard shortcuts make tmux very hard to use and learn.
Con Bad scrolling support
Con No builtin telnet or serial support
It's considered bloat by the maintainers and for this reason there's no builtin support for them.