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Old 09-10-2012, 02:30 AM   #1
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Which Unix/Linux clones on the PC support all of these window managers?


http://xwinman.org/

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Old 09-10-2012, 02:32 AM   #2
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Hi,

what do you mean by "support"?

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Old 09-10-2012, 02:33 AM   #3
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Hi,

what do you mean by "support"?

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I mean to run it
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:40 AM   #4
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Hi,

sorry but that is still too vague. For example fvwm95 has not been actively developed for more than 10 years, but, with enough time and effort you could possibly get it to compile and run on a system with newer X11.

So, depending on your definition of "support", I would suspect that that there are no current operating systems that "support" all those window managers.

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---------- Post added 2012-09-10 at 15:40 ----------

Hi,

sorry but that is still too vague. For example fvwm95 has not been actively developed for more than 10 years, but, with enough time and effort you could possibly get it to compile and run on a system with newer X11.

So, depending on your definition of "support", I would suspect that that there are no current operating systems that "support" all those window managers.

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Old 09-11-2012, 12:52 AM   #5
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Other than what evo2 said, the underlying OS isn't the big factor. If the system can run X, then it can generally run an X-based WM, barring perhaps an occasional platform-dependent feature or two.

Note however that there was a fork of the X window system about 8 years ago. Linux and most other recent Unixes now use the new Xorg, but there may still be some older UNIXes using XFree86. It's possible that some older WM's are now incompatible with the new X, and vice versa.

Note also that recent versions of the big desktop environments KDE and GNOME require a good amount of processing power, memory, and especially direct rendering support from the graphics card. I once had to run KDE for a while using an old graphics card without compositing, and it was dog slow. When I finally got a replacement card it zipped along smoothly.


BTW, you aren't planning on running every one of the DM's listed there, and on multiple platforms, are you? So why ask if all of them are supported? The more common approach is to review what's out there, then check to see whether the ones that interest you are available on the platform(s) you're using.
 
Old 09-11-2012, 06:09 AM   #6
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Well, there a couple that I haven't heard of or used ('AMIWM' and 'others'), but broadly you could argue that the answer was all. Assuming that you've got the source code for the WM, it is just a matter of getting the install to work. The amount of effort involved might be rather higher than you'd like, but it wouldn't be technically impossible.

Having said that, there are cases in which it would be at least slightly daft (Tomato running enlightenment, for example; I can't see any circumstance under which that would be sane, on typical Tomato hardware...but then, occasionally, some of the stupidest things are are quite magnificent to see, even if the only point that you can define is 'because I could').

You seem to be defining 'support' as 'can run', so that seems to satisfy your definition. If you were defining 'support' as 'someone else takes responsibility for fixing the problems', then it would be much closer to 'none' (you'd be starting from the subset for which support was available, and that rules out practically all of the non-enterprise ones).
 
Old 09-11-2012, 12:13 PM   #7
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The best bet for actual use is to get a distro that makes it easy to install a particular GUI. The easier it is to get it, the more people use it, and the quicker bugs are detected. But if you just want to try out as many as possible to see what they're like, then Salix allows you to use Enlightenment, Fluxbox, Icewm, KDE, LXDE, Mate, Pekwm, Rat Poison, Xfce, and WindowMaker. They all work: I've tried the lot! Debian probably has most of these, and Gnome as well. AntiX has DWM, JWM, and WMII, which are pretty rare. For Unity, there's only Ubuntu (hardly surprising).

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