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In the ["XWindowSystem"], the ["XServer"] itself does not give the user the capability of managing windows that have been opened. Instead, this job is delegated to a program called a ''window manager''.

The window manager gives windows a border and allows you to move them around and maximize/minimize them. The user interface for these functions is left up to its author.

This proves to be quite confusing for the new user of a X windowing environment because most other environments simply use one window manager and give the user no choice. In this sense, X is much more versatile and allows more tailoring of the environment to whatever the user wants. It allows the creation of an ["xterminal"], a diskless workstation which runs only an X server (out of ROM) and leaves all user interface implementation to a central compute server.

Common Linux window managers are:

 * Sawfish [http://sawmill.sourceforge.net]

 * Windowmaker [http://www.windowmaker.org]

 * Metacity [http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/gnome/sources/metacity] (for DebianGnome ).

 * Blackbox [http://blackboxwm.sourceforge.net]

 * Enlightenment [http://www.enlightenment.org]

 * XFCE [http://www.xfce.org]

 * Kwm (The window manager used for the KDE desktop)

 * Twm (an old window manager dating back to the beginnings of X windows)

 * Fvwm [http://www.fvwm.org] (an old but useful window manager - still in constant development!)

To change the default window manager use{{{
  update-alternatives --config x-window-manager
}}}

( See ["update-alternatives"]).

Window Managers must not be confused with DesktopEnvironments such as GNOME, KDE, ["XFce"]. These three environments use a window manager as a __single__ part of a much larger system. And to make things much more complicated, GNOME doesn't force you to use any one window manager. They have a list of "supported" window managers that you can choose from.

Afterstep should be mentioned - (and fvwm is actually fvwm2 whereas fvwm1 already had/has lots of "functionallity" and lives on a smaller foot-print)

== Blackbox ==
DebianFluxbox is a good variant on Blackbox-- almost as small, but much more intuitive(and theme-compatible). It can be installed for a bootable USB key with Linux (see DamnSmallLinux).

Openbox 2.x [http://icculus.org/openbox] is yet another variety on Blackbox. Openbox 3.x is written from scratch though visual appearance was influenced by Blackbox.
See DebianPackage:openbox
== See also ==

 * http://xwinman.org/ for a more comprehensive list of window managers for X.
 * DesktopEnvironment for X
 * ["xdm"]
See ["window manager"]

See ["window manager"]