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Linux.com: Ion, The Efficient Window Manager

Jun 29, 2006, 07:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"'So-called 'modern desktop environments' are totally unusable, and present-day mainstream graphical user interfaces in general are far less usable than they are praised to be.' So begins the declaration of intent behind Ion, a tiny window manager with no icons, backgrounds, or themes. It does have tabs--its author, Tuomo Valkonen, invented the concept--and once you spend time with it you're struck by the efficiency of its design.

"The philosophy behind Ion is that window managers aren't meant to be seen, but to manage windows; anything more is dross. A few window managers out there share this aesthetic, such as Ratpoison, but they're rare in today's world of photogenic desktop environments, which seem to always be looking for an opportunity to add more decoration and ornament..."

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