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BSD Today: The extensible Sawfish

Jul 24, 2000, 19:08 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Mullen)

[ Thanks to Jeremy C. Reed for this link. ]

"Is your window manager too clunky, or maybe too flashy for you? Then why not try on Sawfish, the new, extensible window manager that is quickly taking the open source world by storm? Sawfish is an extensive window manager designed from the ground up with speed and flexibility in mind. In the world of high-performance computing, many users forget there's someone out there without all the latest hardware, and that's where Sawfish comes in."

"One of Enlightenment's biggest threats is Sawfish. The young window manager first emerged as Sawmill, and made a change of name rather quickly, due to copyright reasons. Sawfish utilizes the Lisp language, which allows it to be very configurable. Unfortunately, this configuration doesn't come easy. Since it uses the Lisp scripting language, you'll need to be good at wading through configuration files. Thankfully, many users are choosing Sawfish, and creating custom configuration files, as well as themes and other additions to spice up your Sawfish configuration."

"If you live on the bleeding edge of development, Sawfish may be your thing. Additionally, if you enjoy tweaking your configuration and don't mind working with Emacs and some configuration files, Sawfish may be exactly what you're looking for. On the other hand, if you want a flashy desktop with very little work, Enlightenment is your only choice. With version 0.17 coming soon, you can expect E's speed and usability to improve to meet many users demands and make the famous window manager even more popular."

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