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Available Linux window managers are:

 * 9wm
 * aewm
 * AfterStep
 * amiwm
 * AmiWM (Amiga Lookalike)
The most commonly used Linux window managers are:
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 * JWM [[http://joewing.net/programs/jwm/]]
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 * lwm
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 * MIWM
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 * Twm (an old window manager dating back to the beginnings of X windows)
 * Windowmaker [[http://www.windowmaker.org/]]
 * XFCE [[http://www.xfce.org/]]


Other WMs include:
 * 9wm
 * aewm
 * AfterStep
 * amiwm
 * AmiWM (Amiga Lookalike)
 * JWM [[http://joewing.net/programs/jwm/]]
 * lwm
 * MIWM
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 * TinyWM
  * [[TinyWM]]
 * Twm (an old window manager dating back to the beginnings of X windows)
 * [[TinyWM]]
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 * Windowmaker [[http://www.windowmaker.org/]]
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 * XFCE [[http://www.xfce.org/]]

Translation(s): Français - Italiano


In the X Window System, the X Server 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.

The most commonly used Linux window managers are:

Other WMs include:

Tiling Window manager

awesome

dwm

http://dwm.suckless.org Package: dwm

PROS:

  • Clean and minimalistic user interface. Very lightweight.

CONS:

  • It has no configuration file, one have to fetch the source and recompile it to customize it.

See also ?fr/DWM (French)

larswm

i3-wm

ion

mutter

sawfish

wmii

Uses a 9P file system for scripting and configuration.

xfwm

xmonad

see x-window-manager packages descriptions

If you use startx rather than a login manager, you'll probably want to choose a default Window Manager. To change the default window manager use

  update-alternatives --config x-window-manager

( See update-alternatives manpage).

Window Managers must not be confused with ?Desktop_environments 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 "functionality" and lives on a smaller foot-print)

See also



CategoryDesktopEnvironment | CategoryXWindowSystem