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Aug 01, 2004, 19:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Reilly)

"KDE and GNOME combine window managers with suites of applications to create comprehensive work environments. As complete as they are, it's easy to forget that there are other graphical ways to work on a Linux desktop. Sometimes a lighter-weight window manager is in order, such as for laptop usage, children's use, or quick startup applications. Here are four 'alternative' window managers that are mature, fast, and functional.

"My favorite four "alternative" Linux window managers include:

  • "AfterStep--A NeXTStep clone with a nice mix of features
  • "Enlightenment--A futuristic metallic look-and-feel environment
  • "IceWM--A minimalist list-based window manager. These people really live what they preach--just look at the Web site.
  • "FVWM--A good balance of speed and features (my favorite)..."

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