Linked by Rahul Gaitonde on Thu 22nd Jul 2004 18:23 UTC
Window Managers IceWM is a lightweight window manager for UNIX-like systems. Although widely used, it is often underrated - there is hardly any IceWM-related content on the Internet. This article is my attempt to share my experiences as a longtime IceWM user. It contains tips and tricks, usage scenarios, and makes use of examples whenever possible to better demonstrate IceWM's features and capabilities. Finally, the article is meant for those with some familiarity with UNIX, but who are new to IceWM.
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by bonkeroo buzzeye on Thu 22nd Jul 2004 22:50 UTC

Article - No wonder it's also known as the "impersonator".

This is all true but the author overstates that and understates that ice can look completely unique as well. I think this 'impersonation' actually hurts ice these days.

Article - dfm

I agree with those who mention rox. dfm sucks. At least rox has its uses besides just doing icons. But icons aren't necessary. @Eugenia - like Anonymous mentioned, xfe is based on the fox toolkit just like pathfinder and is much better (IMO). Might want to give it a shot. Also emelfm - (@Intangible - the developers of emelfm2 miss the point of emelfm - simplicity, just like ice and just like slack). For those who want a glitzier explorer-alike, there's Endeavour2. Of those, only rox does desktop icons.

Article - converting pixmaps.

As Patrice Lvesque said, not necessary, but if they're not 'ice format' so to speak, you do have to specify the full path, unless the path is on your ice icon path (preferences file) and even then you have to specify the full filename. Beats conversion, though. While I mention the preferences file: there's another optional file, prefoverride, which is great for keeping themes from clobbering settings especially important to you.

GAIM, xmms, gkrellm:

The author mentioned some but missed some (can't be exhaustive, I know.)

gkrellm.Gkrellm.fMinimize: 0
gkrellm.Gkrellm.tray: Exclusive

This keeps you from accidentally minimizing gkrellm and, best of all, puts it in the 'systray' like area. Bring it to the top with a click, lower it with another, and keep it out of your way generally. There are more winoptions, of course.

Article - Graphical configuration tools. Don't like 'em... don't use 'em.

Amen. Ice's third party graphical tools are lacking and who cares anyhow? The text editor of your choice is the best interface and ice's files are so powerful but so simple that it's *much* faster and quite a bit easier to just edit the damn file.

Excellent article on an underappreciated wm overall. I really liked it. The preceding are the only quibbles I had - great stuff.

That said, I think I've switched from ice. *g* I was a longtime flux user, then switched to ice for a long time. Not a thing I dislike about ice but somehow got wanderlust. I'm posting from pek at the moment. Still, more people should know about ice and be more concerned with usability than eyecandy and be a little patient even if they do think eyecandy's the most important - ice doesn't look so hot out of the box but can be made really nice.


@Pete - right click properties fill in boxes, if it's as I remember - like xfe.

@Anonymous - Pathfinder is *in* the fox library download - it's a demo of the library and comes with, along with a calculator and a text editor and so on. Just build the lib and get the apps.