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Apr 24, 2001, 14:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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After looking at PLWM -- the Pointless Window Manager -- last week, Brian Proffitt catches up with Peter Liljenberg, one of the primary developers of PLWM (along with Morgan Eklöf). Liljenberg admits that the Python-based PLWM isn't actually so pointless and has great potential as a hands-on window manager for disabled users and set-top systems:

'A little more than two years ago we were spending a night conversing, as we usually do,' Liljenberg explained. 'Somehow two ideas collided, which probably had matured for some time. The name 'Pointless Window Manager' also was invented, with a significant incentive to actually implement the ideas.'"

"The first idea in the collision was the developers' desire to control the desktop solely from the keyboard."

"It was at this point the second idea in the late-night brainstorming session began to emerge. While Liljenberg and Eklöf knew they could put something together that would work using conventional techniques, they thought it would be rather redundant to create another configuration file language. Why not use a scripting language like Python?"

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