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View Poll Results: Window Manager of the Year
Window Maker 78 6.65%
Fluxbox 318 27.11%
Enlightenment 176 15.00%
KWin 212 18.07%
sawfish 9 0.77%
MetaCity 98 8.35%
IceWM 92 7.84%
Blackbox 36 3.07%
AfterStep 7 0.60%
Openbox 26 2.22%
fvwm2 33 2.81%
Ratpoison 6 0.51%
Ion 16 1.36%
xfwm4 66 5.63%
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Old 03-03-2006, 06:09 PM   #91
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Well, I'll have to install Fluxbox to see what the hub-bub is all about.

Peace...
 
Old 03-04-2006, 02:58 AM   #92
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get loads of themes, much more interesting. those ones that come with it are bland by comparison to what's out there, try freshmeat for a stack of fluxbox themes...
 
Old 03-05-2006, 03:02 AM   #93
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Ion3 does the job for me. I've set up one workspace with maximized & tabbed frames (IonWS) and one workspace with normal frames (FloatWS) for apps like Gimp that open multiple windows.

If I was allowed to vote a runner-up, that'd be Window Maker. (I occasionally run KDE replacing kwin with wmaker, hence giving KDE a NeXT-like look and feel. )

Fluxbox & Blackbox look cool but their root menus get crowded and difficult to navigate if there are lots of installed apps (at least this is the case with Debian's menu system that automatically lists all installed apps).

IceWM and ratpoison are nice, small and fast but they lack dockapp support.

Wmii is much like Ion but I've found it way too buggy (although I've only tested Wmii under Debian -- maybe it's just the Debian's version of Wmii that is too buggy to be really useable).
 
Old 03-08-2006, 01:58 PM   #94
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get loads of themes, much more interesting. those ones that come with it are bland by comparison to what's out there, try freshmeat for a stack of fluxbox themes...
Will do. I did get Fluxbox installed and bland IS a good word. Very simple too.

I had it running in an Xnest window and it worked and looked fine. I don't understand the popularity of it, so those who love Fluxbox please let me know why.

Also, why is KWin so popular? Is it because it looks/feels like Windows or something? I've never heard of KWin until now.

Peace...
 
Old 03-08-2006, 03:15 PM   #95
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E17 even though it's still beta, ROCKS!!
 
Old 03-08-2006, 03:44 PM   #96
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Also, why is KWin so popular? Is it because it looks/feels like Windows or something? I've never heard of KWin until now.
Duh! KWin is the window manager (the default at least) for KDE. I've used an early version and found it to be functional and usable.

I guess I've caught "the vapors" from Enlightenment.

Peace...
 
Old 03-08-2006, 04:26 PM   #97
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Also, why is KWin so popular? Is it because it looks/feels like Windows or something? I've never heard of KWin until now.

Peace...
kwin is the KDE window manager. To be honest I am surprised it beat out metacity.
 
Old 03-08-2006, 05:26 PM   #98
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I think that Kwin beating Metacity is just the shift in mood away from Gnome and towards KDE, this being reflected in KDE's Window Manager getting more than twice as many votes as Gnome's Window Manager.

Fluxbox rocks because it is ultra configurable and appeals to the type of people who want Window Manager's rather than Desktop Environments (Usually the more technically inclined who don't mind hacking up bunches of configuration files...)

I love writing my own key bindings and menus!
 
Old 03-08-2006, 10:53 PM   #99
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I love fluxbox though I can barely use the command line.

The most technical thing I can do is write a simple PHP script

Guess it just goes to show how it also appeals to the amateur

Last edited by Gogul; 03-08-2006 at 10:55 PM.
 
Old 03-08-2006, 11:58 PM   #100
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Why Fluxbox

I like Fluxbox because there is no hub-bub associated with it -- unless you throw some in there yourself. It gets out of your way. Using a computer is about using the applications, so having a window manager/desktop environment that gets in your way subtracts from the user experience.

Fluxbox has a small, but useful taskbar: time, desktop switching, application switching and that's it. It takes up very little space, and in fact one of the things I really miss in my occasional forays back into gnome is being able to maximize my browser or e-mail window and fill the whole screen, so that the task bar is on top of that useless frame at the top of the browser window. That's one thing I liked about the Mac: that bar held the menus, so there was no wasted space.

I've also become a big fan of just right clicking on the desktop to get to my applications. It's so much nicer to write your own menu and have them available. I usually back this up with Gkrellm Launch, which is also nice.

Fluxbox is also fast and, as others have noted, very configurable. It does just what I need it to do to make using my applications easy, it's easy to extend, but comes without any extra fluff, cruft or distraction. It's the Slackware of Window Managers, which probably also explains why I like it.
 
Old 03-09-2006, 12:29 AM   #101
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Thanks for the reasons for liking Fluxbox, joe f. Your description of the things you like about Fluxbox apply to Enlightenment, except Enlightenment adds some snazziness, that isn't distracting or troublesome. E is fast, configurable, and has some really neat features.

In any event, thanks for the post.

Peace...
 
Old 03-09-2006, 03:13 AM   #102
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Guess it just goes to show how it also appeals to the amateur
You probably don't give yourself enough credit if you can write php code.

you may not be getting the most out of fluxbox but that's ok, when you realise how easy it is to write your own menus and key bindings, you'll wonder what you ever did without them...

give it a try...
 
Old 03-09-2006, 03:41 AM   #103
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Thanks for the post

Well I suppose it's seeing good work on the web that keeps me interested in being a developer.

My problem is being able to invest my time so I can go into more depth, though I would certainly like to.
 
Old 04-02-2006, 05:37 AM   #104
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I'm glad the Fluxbox has won the WM of the year. There is something so simple about it packaged in less than 1 MB that it's got to be the lightest WM around.

It's also so easy to generate menus if you don't want to manually:

Just use fluxbox-generate_menu to constantly update your menu with the apps you have.
 
Old 04-05-2006, 03:48 PM   #105
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Yay! Fluxbox won! Way to go!
The best Window Manager ever... though it does look kind of "dumb", it is quite customizable.
Nothing else to say except FLUXBOX RULES!
 
  


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