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LinuxPlanet: From the Desktop: W is for WindowMaker and West Coast

Jan 30, 2001, 12:27 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"Right from the start, WindowMaker is one fine looking graphical interface. You can see that a lot of care has been taken on the aesthetic properties of this X window manager. Aficionados of window managers will also note its similarity to NeXTSTEP's interface. The similarity is planned, of course, as there is no such thing as coincidence in an open source environment. But there's a lot more going on here than just another NeXTSTEP clone."

"WindowMaker (or Wmaker for short) is a menu-driven interface, with pop-up menus rather than a Taskbar control. Menus are dynamically created, and can be configured to pick out any number of files and submenus. Submenus can be detached from the parent menu and pinned to the desktop, should you need to...."

"Perhaps it is because I never used NeXTSTEP, and only dabbled with AfterStep, but Wmaker's functionality did not leap out at me when I first started to use it. This does not mean that this is a poorly designed interface--far from it. It is so well put-together and integrated, it leaves new users feeling like they just stepped into a movie about 10 minutes after it started. The movie looks good, but clearly some catch up is needed to full enjoy the rest of the experience."

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