Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Feb 2012 22:40 UTC
Window Managers After six years, development on Window Maker has picked up again. Other than mere bug fixes, the two new releases (so far) also include lots of code cleanup and, yes, new features as well. Welcome back!
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by raindogsoftware on Sat 18th Feb 2012 00:04 UTC
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I've been waiting so long for this. I've professionally reviewed nearly ever *nix DE/WM out there and Window Maker is still my #1.

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RE: finally!
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 18th Feb 2012 00:20 in reply to "finally!"
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Is there a good distribution for Window Maker? One that caters to it?

Always been fascinated by it.

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by joekiser on Sat 18th Feb 2012 01:50 in reply to "RE: finally!"
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Is there a good distribution for Window Maker? One that caters to it?

Always been fascinated by it.

Last year at this time, I was using Window Maker on FreeBSD. That's because they still had a lot of the old dock apps in ports, but these apps had not been updated in the better part of a decade. I would not be surprised if they have been removed from ports at this point, in which case, try it out on your favorite distro.

Window Maker is an outstanding window manager, IMO the best stand-alone interface that there is. I would hesitate to consider it anything more than a window manager, however. Some people like to throw it in with GNUstep as a complete desktop environment, but they are two separate projects that don't always work well together. Off the top of my head, there are going to be problems with GWorkspace wanting to control the root window that Window Maker already owns. People pair the projects because they look the same, but this is like pairing fvwm95/qvwm with WINE because they look the same.

My best desktop was running standard GTK/Qt applications with a theme that closely resembles the Window Maker color scheme. Check out for more recent schemes. Any effects / drop shadows could be added later with xcompmgr. Have fun with it, everybody's different.

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by zima on Sat 18th Feb 2012 18:59 in reply to "RE: finally!"
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Is there a good distribution for Window Maker? One that caters to it?

Even if I wouldn't call it exactly "good" ("fun" sure), there's this GNUstep live CD floating around, obviously catering to Window Maker too - quite straightforward way to check out that boxy, grayish world.

(but - what after a quick search appears to be its present homesite, seems also down... )

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by laffer1 on Sun 19th Feb 2012 17:45 in reply to "RE: finally!"
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We pushed it for many years in MidnightBSD. With the last release, we had a script to install window maker + GNUStep or KDE 3 on the first boot after installation.

I've already updated it in our ports collection, but haven't run through a package build yet to see what broke.

As others have pointed out, it's great on several of the BSDs.

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