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[News] Delightful Choice of Window Managers for GNU/Linux: Overview

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X Window Managers Part 2

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| In part 1 of the series we looked at the early X window managers that ran on 
| X display protocol based systems. The scale and range of them was from the
| very beginning where a user was presented with a menu and windows and little 
| else (perhaps a clock or loadmeter) up to what could be considered the first 
| window manager that went beyond providing the basics to providing more of an 
| environment and extensibility through modules that allowed other hackers 
| to "join in the fun". In this part 2 of the series two more distinct groups 
| of window managers will be peeked at; first a look at the evolution of that 
| first "more of an environment than just window managing" software; many of 
| which cropped up right around the same time (within a few years of 
| eachother). Second the kickback against large scale environments with an 
| examination of a breed of window managers designed to be ultra light/fast 
| while still preserving good looks.            



The Window Manager Dilemma

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| That angle is the dilemma we have with the wide array of existing Linux (and
| BSD) window managers.


21 of the Best Free Linux Window Managers

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| An X Window manager is software that manages the windows that applications
| bring up. For example, when you start an application, there will be a window
| manager running in the background, responsible for the placement and
| appearance of windows.
| It is important not to confuse a window manager with a desktop environment. A
| desktop environment typically consists of icons, windows, toolbars, folders,
| wallpapers, and desktop widgets. They provide a collection of libraries and
| applications made to operate cohesively together. A desktop environment
| contains its own window manager.


All window managers are not equal in screen redraw speed.

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| I have been going through a stage of trying several different window managers
| and I found something that surprised me. The screen redraw speed of different
| window managers have a visual difference in screen redraw speed.
| For an example I spent several days using openbox and enlightenment as the
| window manager for KDE and as the sole window manager with nothing else. On
| all of them I ran mythtv for watching television.


20 Most Nimble and Simple X Window Managers for Linux

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| One of the best ways to speed up your Linux desktop is to utilize an
| ultra-lightweight window manager. To all speed-conscious techies, minimalist
| lovers, and to those who are still hoping to revive their ageing computer
| hardware, let me introduce you to the 20 most nimble and simple X window
| managers for Linux.


The Big X Window Manager Guide (with Screenshots)

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| So what are window managers? Officially, a window manager in GNU/Linux is a
| piece of software which controls placement and appearance of windows in a
| graphical user interface in X. So, what you get is a module which could be
| used in a desktop environment, or as a desktop environment (in conjuction
| with other modules, such as a idesk). All the WMs listed here can easily be
| obtained through your distribution’s respective repositories. You can also
| visit the project’s website and download the WM from there.

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