Hu, I thought I posted something a bit back, but apparently my bad internet meant it never published. So I'll try to duplicate it:
I tried out awesome. It really is awesome, but I had a few strange issues.
1) Installing it from source (v3.5) required things that don't seem to be available anymore, and the version in the repo's isn't the up to date (v3.4).This wouldn't be that big of a deal, except the awesome wiki teaches you to use the newer version, which uses slightly different syntax.
2) My web-browser was always full screen, always stacked. I don't know if this is some sort of nonsensical default setting or what, but it bugged me.
3) The configuration file was not sourced from the place I was expecting. This wasted about an hour I spent adding a few entries/widgets for network-use monitors and keyboard-layout switching. (I've been using nothing but Dvorak for a few months now, and switching back to qwerty isn't really something that interests me.) This means that when I actually started using awesome, these changes where not used.@_@
4) I couldn't get the keyboard-layout switcher to work. I mean, you click it/input the keyboard shortcut, and the widget responded, but the layout didn't actually switch. :(
If I could figure these out, I'd be golden. But until then, I'm still searching for a new DE/WM combo to use. (I've actually started looking into learning the lua programming language, and I'm really liking it so far. :) )