I'd like to use an alternative window manager (WM) in
* Well integrated, especially for new Linux users. * Very well translated and documented. * Doing relatively good regarding accessibility features. * Actively developed. * Well maintained in Debian, where it is the default desktop environment.
While I don't disagree with this assessment, I have some remarks: point 4 and 5 are true for many other desktop environments (DEs) and window managers as well, which are currently in
Debian Stable (e.g.
dwm, and many more) while points 1 to 3 might not be relevant for everyone.
GNOME has a major disadvantage: it's huge compared to many other DEs and WMs. This is especially important if I'm using TAILS from a USB-stick on older computers.
Therefore I'm interested in using an alternative WM in
TAILS. I'm aware that the
TAILS-team has a dedicated statement on that topic where they explain why they want to limit the amount of software which is part of the distribution, but I'm unsure if that applies to everyone.
Therefore my (relatively broad) question: Would I increase or reduce my personal attack surface if I'd use e.g.
i3wm as my WM instead of
GNOME and all of its dependencies?