When comparing bug.n vs Stack, the Slant community recommends bug.n for most people. In the question“What are the best window managers for Windows?” bug.n is ranked 2nd while Stack is ranked 11th. The most important reason people chose bug.n is:
Just like DWM, bug.n is configured through a plain text file. [This is a great resource](http://openfacts2.berlios.de/wikien/index.php/BerliosProject:Bug.n_-_Documentation:configuration) for setting up your configuration. Original link is down, try this one for the Archive.org copy.
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Pro Customizable through config files
Just like DWM, bug.n is configured through a plain text file. This is a great resource for setting up your configuration. Original link is down, try this one for the Archive.org copy.
Pro Based on hotkeys
A lot of the other alternatives are GUI based, which are very inefficient compared to the hotkey approach of bug.n.
Pro Open Source
bug.n is free and open sourced.
Pro Saves a lot of windows space
Bug.n can increase the available screen estate by freeing up the space occupied by
the Microsoft Windows Taskbar & the title bar for every single window by hiding and replacing all with a single slim status bar.
The status bar shows the current config of your window setup & can also show system information like time, date and memory usage.
Pro Supports multiple monitors
Pro Very customizable
You can radically change the way bug.n works to suit yourself, although it takes a little bit of work some times.
Pro Disabled very easily (windows+ctrl+q)
This is especially helpful while learning to use bug.n.
Pro Handy resource monitor
Has an own conky style resources monitor in its statusbar showing cpu/ram/disk reads/writes, network uploads/downloads and time
Pro Automated stacking
Can define a zone, that stacks all windows inside itself vertically or horizontally.
Pro Tabbed zones
Any area on the screen can be made tabbed. E.g. show a tab-like list of windows inside that area.
Pro Customizable hotkeys
Pro Supports multiple monitors
Pro Supports HiDPI
Pro Supports window filtering
Pro Easy to use with middle mouse button
Con Requires AHK
Con Some applications need manual configuration to have them work well.
Con Confusing at first
It is a great program but without a good tutorial. There are a lot of technical documents, which is interesting if there is first a basic tutorial to help the user start. To really understand this software there must be a knowledge of autohotkey. For those familiar with autoit and not autohotkey, there may be a learning curve.
Con Office 2013 windows don't play well
Does not remove decorations from, e.g., outlook 2013 windows.
Con Doesn't play well with Firefox
Mozilla Firefox has captions and titlebars (using Win-Shift-D (show/hide active titlebar) doesn't work in Mozilla windows) that don't play well, meaning they stay no matter how long one tries to remove them.
Con Layouts are static
Layout must be predefined
Con Need to learn XAML layout language
To create custom layouts, one needs to learn some of XAML. There's a sample, but it does not cover all configurations.