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Window Maker Desktop: Lightweight Linux Minimalism

Mar 10, 2010, 18:32 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juliet Kemp)

"In this ongoing series on lightweight Linux desktops, Juliet Kemp takes us on a tour of Window Maker, the popular fast, lightweight window manager based on the look and feel of the NeXTStep interface. How does Window Maker measure up in this era of fancy special effects GUIs?

"Window Maker is a fast, lightweight window manager based as closely as possible on the look and feel of the NeXTStep interface. (You may be familiar with NeXTStep an ancestor of Mac OSX, although the look and feel has changed a fair bit between the two.)

"Install it with the wmaker package in Debian or Ubuntu, which provides the current stable version (0.92); or download it from the website if you prefer. As per my article on Xfce, your login manager should have a 'sessions' option that you can use at login to set your session choice.

"First impressions

"My very first impression was that it starts up blisteringly fast, even on my low-powered machine. There's minimal screen furniture on startup – no menu bar, just a couple of icons in the top right corner and one in the top left."

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