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Which of the default window managers do you use?

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  • rox-icewm (default)
  • space-icewm
  • icewm (or min-*)
  • rox-fluxbox
  • space-fluxbox
  • fluxbox (or min-*)
  • rox-jwm
  • space-jwm
  • jwm (or min-*)
  • herbstluftwm
  • This topic has 32 replies, 28 voices, and was last updated Nov 24-5:42 pm by christophe.
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      I am kind of a jwm fan, but I did install antiX in a VM and add the BunsenLabs repos to get the Openbox/tint2 set from those guys in antiX. It was interesting.


        rox-icewm or icewm ain’t hard to place icons on the desktop.


          plain fluxbox

          Me too. 🙂

          Linux (& BSD) since 1999
          Ultra Small Form Factor & thin client computers


            * None of the above, I use AfterStep! ( and available in the Antix repos) It’s old, but it’s lean & mean, and very configurable. It’s also the ONLY W/M with the “Wharf” dockapp swallower / launcher that will “swallow” all my “dockapps” including the ones I wrote in Perl/Tk, ie.!

            • This reply was modified 6 years ago by wildstar84.
            • This reply was modified 6 years ago by wildstar84.

              I’m partial to icewm. I like jwm, too, but, icewm has some extra bells and whistles that I enjoy. If I were going to stray from the “built-in” options in antiX, I would go with i3wm as I quite enjoy it. Some day I’ll get my head wrapped around herbsluftwm, but for now it just doesn’t “click.” If I could get a configuration for herbsluftwm that more or less matched the default i3 keybindings and such, I would likely migrate.


                I use plain JWM with a plain gray background.

                I like the minimal and easy-to-remember use of function keys: Alt-F1 for the root window’s system menu, Alt-F2 for the current application window’s system menu (to use the terminology of commercial GUIs, which I had to use in my work for twenty-odd years).

                I REALLY like the use of typing-zone keystrokes (vi keys by default, but Emacs would be fine and WordStar would be ideal) for navigating in the system menus and moving and resizing windows.

                Window borders more than one or two pixels in thickness are another plus.

                Don’t like: Focus-follows-pointer. Click-to-focus would be better.

                Dan Strychalski
                Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C.

                An afterthought: Snap is wonderful.

                • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by dski.

                On the Mac, Ctrl didn't exist; in Windows, Ctrl-A through Ctrl-Z did virtually nothing. From 1985 on, the choice was clear: you could get the full benefit of the most basic standard of computing, or you could use a GUI and a crippled keyboard and become this or that vendor's slave. I chose WordStar. LIVE FREE OR DIE.


                  I submitted Rox-IceWM because I usually accept the default. But I have at least two systems where I use an alternate – Rox-Flubox on one and JWM-min on the other. And sometimes I like to use SpaceFM instead of Rox-filer.



                    I dont use any of them. I use openbox. It’s something I got used to from the days when I used Crunchbang

                    Wittgenstein (Tractatus Logico Philosophicus): Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

                    Brian Masinick

                      Several years ago we started with Fluxbox and little else. It’s fast and efficient. I suggested IceWM because the default key bindings may be simpler for some novices, reasoning that “veterans” can easily install and use different window managers or even build an entire desktop environment. Since then we’ve added additional window managers, and there are groups of people who choose to use each of them, and others who still install what they like. Hopefully the choices that are available are useful to the majority of people, and as I suggested, the experienced individuals among us can create additional alternatives that suit our own needs.

                      Brian Masinick




                          … The IceWM* base is still the winner (the sum of the poll).

                          Brian Masinick

                            … The IceWM* base is still the winner (the sum of the poll).

                            It’s interesting because the first two window managers provided are the two that prevail.
                            Fluxbox was the original window manager in the early days; I suggested IceWM as a simpler, (as in more familiar keystrokes) for the new user community.
                            Way back when, I also investigated memory footprint; there wasn’t much difference, but IceWM was a leader and still is a lightweight favorite.

                            Brian Masinick


                              When I was new to Linux I tried a system with Fluxbox first, but coming from windows it was difficult to adjust to. JWM was good, and Openbox that came with Crunchbang and KNOPPIX were good, too, but IceWM was a natural for me.


                                I usually configure for other people any desktop that has “zzz” at the beginning of its name, due to the similarity with the behavior of Windows XP.
                                On computers with up to 1 GB of RAM any desktop that has “min” at the beginning of its name.
                                I used each of the workspaces for 30 days, with the exception of HerbstluftWM which I still couldn’t learn to handle. For convenience, I’ve reverted to using any workspace that has “zzz” at the beginning of its name.
                                After testing each of the workspaces that are available in antiX on various computers since June 2020, I can now understand the value and importance of each of these options. This variety of desktop options makes antiX even more flexible in catering to each user’s personal taste and makes antiX even more customizable than most other distributions I’ve tested before coming here.

                                My thanks for antiX.

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                                Eu costumo configurar para as outras pessoas qualquer área de trabalho que possui “zzz” no inĂ­cio do seu nome, devido a similaridade com o comportamento do Windows XP.
                                Nos computadores com atĂ© 1 GB de memĂłria RAM qualquer área de trabalho que possui “min” no inĂ­cio do seu nome.
                                Eu utilizei cada uma das áreas de trabalho por 30 dias, com exceção da HerbstluftWM que eu ainda nĂŁo consegui aprender a manipular. Por comodidade, eu retornei a utilizar qualquer área de trabalho que possui “zzz” no inĂ­cio do seu nome.
                                Depois de testar cada uma das áreas de trabalho que estão disponíveis no antiX em vários computadores, desde Junho de 2020, hoje eu consigo compreender o valor e a importância de cada uma destas opções. Esta variedade de opções de áreas de trabalho tornam o antiX ainda mais flexível em atender o gosto pessoal de cada usuário e torna o antiX ainda mais personalizável do que a maioria das outras distribuições que eu testei antes de chegar aqui.

                                Meus agradecimentos pelo antiX.


                                  Plain ICEWM all the way here.
                                  Fast, simple to configure, light on memory and feels very familiar to ex windozers.
                                  Application start automating with help of the built in ICE Shell a huge plus.

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