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Fvwm: Features and Overview

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FVWM is still around and worth a look.
Fvwm was created by Robert Nation. It is based on code from 'twm' (Tom's Window Manager) which was at the time perhaps the only real window manager available. Frustrated with the lack of features and the fact that 'twm' was full of memory leaks, Rob began hacking on it; the result was that Fvwm was kick-started in early 1993. Rob had, in fact, already made a name for himself as the author of the popular terminal emulator rxvt, which is still used by a lot of people today.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7086 | -Ray, August 10, 2004

Review: Sawfish, IceWM, Window Maker, Metacity, FVWM

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Five X Window Managers reviewed.
Sawfish began life in 1999 as Sawmill, but later changed its name to avoid a clash with another product. It is a lightweight and highly configurable window manager which makes use of an Emacs Lisp-like language. It is designed to implement only core window manager functionality, and not any extras such as panels and desktop backgrounds. This makes it ideal for use with desktop environments (particularly GNOME, as both use the GTK+ toolkit). In fact, Sawfish is the default window manager for 1.xx versions of the GNOME desktop (replacing Enlightenment), and a version for use with GNOME 2.xx is available.
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mail this link | permapage | score:6933 | -Alex, August 9, 2000 (Updated: August 1, 2003)

Review: FVWM, IceWM, Enlightenment, AfterStep

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Here is a look at four alternative window managers for your Linux desktop.
KDE and GNOME combine window managers with suites of applications to create comprehensive work environments. As complete as they are, it's easy to forget that there are other graphical ways to work on a Linux desktop. Sometimes a lighter-weight window manager is in order, such as for laptop usage, children's use, or quick startup applications. Here are four "alternative" window managers that are mature, fast, and functional.
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mail this link | permapage | score:6873 | -Ray, July 31, 2004

FVWM-Crystal: speed and transparency

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As a long-time user of FVWM (starting in '95), I've always believed the author's joke that the 'f' stood for feeble.
FVWM is one of the oldest window managers for the X Window System. It is actually so old that even the creators don’t remember what the first letter of the acronym stands for. FVWM acronym is often evaluated to “Flexible Virtual Window Manager”. If you like, you can however put any other word there. Some examples include: “Fine”, “Freaky”, “Favorite”, “Furious”, “Functional”, etc .
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mail this link | permapage | score:4823 | -Ray, September 18, 2006

Customizing FVWM

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The (feeble) virtual window manager is quite functional and can also be a bit of fun. I ran FVWM 1 for years.
The default FVWM screen is very basic -- just a simple blue desktop. Clicking anywhere with the left mouse button brings up a menu with a couple of built-in options, including xterm. You can also move around the virtual desktop by moving mouse cursor off the edge of the screen (you'll find there are nine 'screens' in a 3x3 grid). And there you have it -- simple, light, and very fast.

You want more? Let's put in some window control...
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mail this link | permapage | score:4748 | -Ray, August 9, 2005

Flush and FVWM

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A new project, Flush, and FVWM -- the F(eeble?) Virtual Window Manager...
Allow me to introduce fvwm, a powerful, mature and highly configurable window manager which has been in active development for over a decade. fvwm is different, some of the features we take for granted on the command line could apply equally well to window management, and you can find many of these in fvwm.
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permapage | score:3738 | -Ray, February 22, 2005

The state of FVWM

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FVWM was my first Linux window manager way back in the summer of 1995.
But why did everyone abandon FVWM? In a word, because the default FVWM desktop is ugly. However, this is misleading because FVWM is one of the most configurable window managers around - you can customize it to make your desktop look spectacular. Unfortunately, doing so has always been a complicated task involving the editing of numerous cryptic ASCII files. The good news is that the situation has changed dramatically in the past year with the release of "FVWM Themes"
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mail this link | permapage | score:2290 | -Ray, August 3, 2004

Useful Things You Can Do with FVWM



FVWM was rumored to stand for 'Feeble Virtual Window Manager'...
FVWM is a window manager used with the X Window System, which is the standard GUI for UNIX. This article explains a few useful things you can do with FVWM, including how to take screenshots conveniently, how to easily change a window's title and how to reconfigure easily a running FVWM instance.

This article is aimed at fairly knowledgeable UNIX users. A little programming experience would be helpful, but you probably can manage without it. No knowledge of X or FVWM is assumed.
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mail this link | permapage | score:0 | -Ray, January 5, 2005
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