I'm changing a lot of desktop environments every day, and i'd like to some uniformity between them to keep my productivity up.

So, which window-manager can be installed in Ubuntu that has most similar functionality, usability to ms-Windows?

e.g.: open/save file dialog, alt-tab behavior, main key bindings.

Is there such a window manager?

  • You can try them all; Ubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu and Kubuntu; from a live CD/DVD or USB stick without installing. Try them out and install the one you like best. – Warren Hill May 8 '13 at 11:23
  • You could also just use windows if it's windows functionality you want. – don.joey May 8 '13 at 11:24

There may be others but I'd say you'd struggle to find anything better for your purpose than KDE.

  • You start with something that looks most like Windows already.
  • You can customise just about everything, very easily.
  • There are even themes that make it look like Windows.
  • Window-switchers (alt-tab) are configurable too.

On a slightly different note: I have found that it does sometimes help to keep things different if they operate differently. Stuff like having the minimise/maximise/close buttons in the same place makes sense but if your launchers work differently, keeping them visually disparate means you won't accidentally do the wrong thing.

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    +1 for keeping things different. I often get frustrated when a Linux command does not work in Windows: Several years ago it was DOS commands not working in Linux. Having the desktops visually different reminds you which system you are using. – Warren Hill May 8 '13 at 11:17

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