I use ubuntu as it is since a while, now I want to try again those geek/nerd environments.
I’ve already tried openbox, fluxbox, compiz standalone and more before stock ubuntu but never I’ve never tried any tiled window manager.
So I decided to try Awesome window manager which can have both tiled and floating layout.
I installed the awesome and awesome-extra package from ubuntu repositories (version 3.4.15). The version number is important because differences between versions may sometimes break your awesome configuration.