Alternative windowmanagers

Pierre-Luc Drouin pldrouin at
Fri Aug 5 19:52:16 UTC 2011

For me fluxbox is the way to go, since it is very light, has good key
binding configuration and can be configured very easily. The only
thing that I miss is the true transparency feature of Compiz, which
can be quite useful sometimes, for example to quickly compare plots.
Xfce is next on my list, since it got lots of features without being
too heavy...

On Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 3:12 PM, Christian Barthel <bc at> wrote:
> Hello,
> I read on slashdot that Linus Torvalds moved from Gnome 2.3x to Xfce. It
> seems that he isn't thrilled by xfce, but it's far better than Gnome3.
> As a Gnome 2.3x user too, I am also a bit nervouse. Gnome 3 is a big
> mistake. And there are also rumors that Gnome will be Linux only. Maybe,
> we will never see Gnome3 under FreeBSD, but this is not a tragedy :)
> I am not very interested in eyecandy: I want a stable and fast wm (less
> memory and cpu, quick access to important places), different workspaces,
> and it should be configurable with ordinary files. Of course, It must
> run under FreeBSD.
> I sniffed into AfterStep, fvwm2 and fluxbox (I don't want to use KDE). I
> think, fluxbox is a nice wm and for my future, it will be the default wm
> for me. It's also very fast and easy to configure.
> Are there any other window manager worth looking?
> What is your window manager?
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