Window Maker, a window manager for X11 which mimics NEXTSTEP as close as possible, was released today. The most important news are antialiased fonts, UTF-8 support, font configuration in WPrefs, xinerama support, NetWM support (allows running well with GNOME 2.x, KDE 3.x) etc.
Window Maker 0.90.0 released
Submitted by Gürkan Sengün 2004-10-23 Window Managers 25 Comments
Gald to hear the WindowMaker is still alive
“gald” was supposed to be “good”
I used it for a long time when I first started using linux. Its good to know that its being developed again. It would be nice to see some screenshots of the most recent version.
It worked nicely then, and I still have little aspects of its ui on my desktop today. It would just be nice if it started following after some of the more recent developments in that style of interface (a better looking dock? One reason I stopped using it back then, in favor of the blackbox was pure asthetics.)
I still use WM on my Slack 10.0 powered PIII 450MHz at work. I do like the desktop, I have even made my KDE at home look like WM So the first thing I will do on monday is to try new version, with AntiAliased fonts.
fixin’ to compile it myself…
I’ll test it out for old times sake. Considering that I have metacity still set up to be somewhat like window maker, maybe I’ll even end up using it.
Some asked for screen shots… well here they are….
runs nicely in slackware-10, i did have to make a couple if symlinks, one for libwraster.so.3 from /usr/local/lib to /usr/lib and one for wmaker in /usr/local/bin/ to /usr/bin, the stock xinitrc.wmaker from the stock windowmaker works so i did not have to edit it…
my fault for letting gcc install it to /local directorys (plural)
None of those screenies show 0.90 and most are older than my first WM install on Redhat 5.1.
Nice, I still use WindowMaker on a 2500+. Il love its elegance and simplicity. And it’ll rock with UTF-8 support !
For the old times, I’m very happy, my first Window manager in Linux when I using the RH 5.1 ou 5.2.
whereis that WindowMaker config tool for editing prefrences, menu & etc…
Whoo!! Nice to see antialiased fonts! Nice to be able to select fonts for everything (menu title, menu items, miniwindows, window titles..)
Do yourself a favor; if you haven’t really tried to use WindowMaker, check out the changelog http://www.windowmaker.org/src/ChangeLog , download it, compile it (make sure you specify DnD & png support), and give it a whirl..
Set aside an hour to tweak it out with wmakerconf, and try out some of the newest wmaker themes..
wmakerconf and wmprefs.app will both let you edit menus, prefs, etc.
I also recommend getting ‘genmenu’, preferably 1.0.7 for sweet & easy menu setup & maintenance.
Check http://themes.freshmeat.net/browse/918/ – only two more themes and Window Maker has 3000 of them, probably more themes than any other wm/app.
Granted quite a lot are of questionable quality but some are real gemstones! Too bad Window Maker still comes with this rather dull default theme.
Then fill your dock with a few nice dockapps from http://dockapps.org and there is your completely new desktop experience!
Too bad Window Maker still comes with this rather dull default theme.
I think the default theme is OK. It’s a bit conservative, but I don’t personally care much about these messy themes with flashy pixmaps in the background that most geeks appear to prefer — mostly they’re quite tasteless, IMO. Personally I select the default theme and then change all colours in WMakerConf so that my Window Maker desktop gets a similar dark colour scheme that you usually find in Blackbox themes. To each their own, I guess. 😉
NetWM, UTF-8, antialiased fonts, improved WPrefs… sounds like the Window Maker developer team has brought my favourite window manager up-to-date. This is excellent news, indeed. 🙂
Here are some attractive Window Maker themes for those who like pixmapped backgrounds:
Wow!!! Windowmaker is out!! This is the surprise of the year! It will only be shadowed by the release of enlightenment 0.17 (hohohoho…)
If e17 is released this year, that is.
WindowMaker has never properly handled Xinerama support. Is that fixed in this latest version?
Nevermind… Helps if I read everything before asking stupid questions.
It will only be shadowed by the release of enlightenment 0.17 (hohohoho…)
Although I try hard, I still can’t imagine
Anyways I like to see that WMaker is still alive. I’ve used it quite some time before changing to the *boxes.
I’ll give it a try…
i find it very strange, that wmaker does not support gnustep…
Well, it does at a level. Some developers has access to both CVS tree.
Just need more time.
Windowmaker is still my Windowmanager of choice. I try Gnome and KDE sometimes, but find them inefficient, since I don’t really drag and drop very much. I also don’t need the Mac/Windows Trashcan/My computer metaphor to get around.