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Jul 19, 2002, 20:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)


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"In case you haven't been following along, the aforementioned article described X11 window managers and how they compare to the more feature-rich but bloated desktop environments GNOME and KDE. In general, window managers provide a way to launch applications, move windows, resize windows, minimize them, and switch between virtual desktops. Some window managers approach window handling in unique ways, such as the window managers I mentioned before, like pwm and fluxbox. These window managers let you group open applications into a single window and switch between them by clicking on the application's tab. Some window managers let you launch applications via menu, a launch bar, or even pre-defined keystrokes. What most of these window managers lack are desktop icons (My Computer, My Documents, etc.) and file browsers. You can add your own, however, which is a topic I'll address in part 7.

"Even after this article I will by no means have exhausted all the window managers available for X11. There's FVWM, FVWM95, MWM, AfterStep, WindowMaker, and a host of others. I won't cover them all, even if you continue to bombard me with requests, since there's only so much window managing I can do before I need a break. But if you're interested in the alternatives, check out the Window Managers for X site for links and brief descriptions..."

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