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Linux Orbit: Breaking the Ice: IceWM Review

May 23, 2002, 01:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David LeCount)

[ Thanks to John Gowin for this link. ]

"In the world of the Linux desktop, there's a wide variety of software to keep you from being bored with one particular program. Perhaps the best example of this is the variety of window managers you can choose from. Should you get bored with a certain window manager or decide you don't like it, there are dozens more to try out. I've gone through a few myself, and IceWM is the one I keep coming back to. In this review, I'll try to show you why I like it and point to reasons why some of you won't.

"To start with, IceWM is very easy on system resources. If you've only used KDE or Gnome, then a switch to IceWM on your desktop will seem like a major computer upgrade. Running the 'top' utility reveals that IceWM consumes about 5 megs of RAM on my system. That's negligible for a modern application and on top of that, it loads very fast. If you load X-Windows from the command line (via startx), you'll notice the window manager has completely loaded only a fraction of a second after the screen switches to graphics mode even on older PC systems. The same cannot be said about KDE or Enlightenment. IceWM has outstanding performance which can help extend the life of older hardware..."

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