so i don't want to play the tiling wm evangelist
, but if you like you can try my configuration.
(Extract this in your .config directory, backup the existing awesome dir and rename awesome_eeepc to awesome.)
I configured it for lazy couch surfing. You can do the most important stuff with the right hand.
Meta-key is the key that advertises windows. With M-1 to 6 you jump directly to a tag (in a way a desktop),
You can flip thru the tags with M-y previos tag *), M-x next tag.
If you have more than one application on a tag, you flip thru them with
M-a previos app, M-s next app.
With M-q, M-w, M-e, M-r, M-t you can start your 5 most wanted applications directly, (they are in the quick launch widget.)
M-Return opens a terminal. M-c closes the current application.
With M-Space you change the layout. Default is Maximized. If you have two apps on a tag and want to see both, just press M-Space and they get tiled horizontically, if you have more than two, press again M-Space and the layout is a kind of magnifier. To change the size of the current window, you use M-KeyUp and M-KeyDown.
The only other shortcut I often use is M-Shift-1 to 6 to move the current application to the specified tag.
For the quick launch apps, you can edit starter.lua to your needs.
*) if you don't have a german keyboard, you should change M-y to M-z, in rc.lua in line 189