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Oct 13, 2008, 15:07 (0 Talkback[s])
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"X doesn’t impose any style on these windows; they’re all pretty plain by default. On top of X sits a piece of software called a window manager. You can have many different window managers, but only one can run at a time. The window manager effectively provides window dressing, which makes windows have a consistent style and behaviour. The window manager provides close, minimise and maximise buttons. It gives windows a metallic border, or a purple border, or a transparent background or anything else that can be imagined."

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