GUI Suggested?

Chad Perrin perrin at
Thu Sep 23 16:11:49 UTC 2010

On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 09:57:46PM -0600, Warren Block wrote:
> You don't have to choose one of those, there are lots of varied window 
> managers, and advocates for each.  There's an overview here on fd.o:
>  Many of those are in ports.

That's a much shorter list than I would have expected to find.

This offers an incomplete (but longer) list of window managers, all of
which are copyfree licensed:

What I have been using for a few years is actually first in alphabetical
order there -- AHWM.  It is quite minimal and fast, with great keyboard
shortcut support (a necessity, given that it's intended to be primarily
keyboard driven).

A much more comprehensive list of window managers is the Comprehensive
List of Window Managers for Unix:

KDE, GNOME, and XFCE are more than window managers -- they are "desktop
environments".  Some people like that kind of bloat . . . err, I mean
"that kind of feature-richness".  Other examples include GNUstep (which
uses WindowMaker as its default window manager) and Enlightenment.  If I
*had* to choose a complete DE, rather than just a window manager, I'd
probably go with Enlightenment.  Since I don't have to, though, I stick
with something *truly* lightweight like AHWM.

Your mileage may vary, of course.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]
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