issues in XFCE 4.6 (looking for a working WM)

RW rwmaillists at
Fri Mar 20 09:21:01 PDT 2009

On Fri, 20 Mar 2009 01:15:37 -0600 (MDT)
Keith Seyffarth <weif at> wrote:

> At this point, I guess I'm looking for recommendations on a window
> manager.

The XFCE upgrade went smoothly for me, apart from missing icons,
although I don't use it all that much so I may have missed something.
At very least I'd do a portupgrade -a,  preferably a  portupgrade -fa.

Running 6.0 isn't very sensible, there aren't all that many people
using Freebsd as a desktop machine in the first place, and most of the
people best suited to fix problems, or file detailed PRs will be on 7
or 8 by now.

> What other window managers do people use, or what would you recommend
> and why?

I'd suggest kde3, it's very stable, and version updates are always
simple. You don't have to install it all, if you don't want to.

xfce is the lightest of the 3 main desktop environments, so the next
down are the likes of windowmaker, fluxbox, icewm, and enlightenment.
Personally I'd go with fluxbox out of these, but that's  largely
personal preference. I like the taskbar and system tray support, icewm
is similar, but seems less sophisticated and isn't really functional
out-of the-box.

If you want a desktop environment on top of a window manager you can use
the rox ports to get session management, icons on the desktop, and a
file manager.

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