Need Help Installing and Configuring Xorg

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Sun Jun 12 18:43:25 UTC 2011

On Jun 12, 2011, at 11:29 AM, Polytropon wrote:
>> twm doesn't stand for "Trivial Window Manager"-- it stands
>> for "Tom's Window Manager" because it was written by Tom
>> LaStrange on Sun-3_35 or 3_50 hardware back around X11R1.
> Without any further investigation and research, my
> brain seems to remember that is's (also?) called
> "Tab Window Manager". Is my brain wrong here? :-)

I went by wikipedia to double-check.

I'm right about the original name.  At some point after twm was included in the X11 core distribution, later developers decided to rename it to "Tab Window Manager" because they'd changed so much code.  (If they'd done it with Tom's OK, then I don't have any concern; if they'd just renamed it themselves without discussion with the original author, well, I'd find that a bit tacky.)

I remember switching from uwm? to twm around 1990 and finding the later vastly more tolerable.  But I also largely switched from X11 to Display Postscript on NEXTSTEP or Sun's OpenWin (X11+Motif+DPS extension, IIRC) around then.


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