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Ten Top Linux Window Managers

Dec 27, 2010, 07:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graham Morrison)

"The window manager is the most important part of the Linux desktop environment. It defines how your windows look, how they behave, how applications are launched, and how they're closed. In many cases, window managers have evolved into complete desktop environments, helping with file management, configuration editing and computer management.

"They're at the very heart of your interaction with the system, but their best feature is that they're swappable, which sets Linux apart from both Windows and OS X. With Windows you're stuck with, well, Windows. With Linux, you have a choice. And whether you have a preference for a 'do everything' approach, or a 'do nothing at all' one, there's a window manager made for you.

"1 – Gnome

"Gnome is the first example of a window manager that's grown into a complete desktop environment. There's also a very good reason why Gnome has become the default desktop environment for the most popular Linux distributions, including Ubuntu and Fedora - it's because it's simple, concise and starting to look rather beautiful. Taking many cues from OS X, most functions can be reached in one or two clicks, and its designers have reduced screen clutter and superfluous options."

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