"This is another of my favorite Linux desktops. Or at least it
was back in early days of Linux. This desktop attracted me because
it was one of the first (back around 1998) to use transparency.
AfterStep was actually a fork of FVWM rebuilt to resemble the
NeXTSTEP desktop. Like FVWM, AfterStep is light, quick, and can be
as minimalist (or not) as you like. The main features of AfterStep
are a mouse menu, Pager, Wharf (a dock-like applet), and the
Winlist (a panel showing active applications). AfterStep is highly
configurable via flat text files (so configuration requires getting
to know the layout of configuration files.)
"Currently AfterStep is enjoying the 2.2.8 release and is headed
up by Sasha Vasko. One of the best aspects of AfterStep is the
ability to granularly configure the look and feel. From timing of
auto-raising windows to placement of titlebars (titlebars can be
placed along a horizontal or vertical plane), AfterStep can be
configured to a much higher level than most other window managers.
You can install AfterStep your usual way. For example, in Mandriva,
run the command urpmi AfterStep to install."