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By macondo at 2004-10-25 20:02
Every time i tell people that i use IceWM, they snicker, and i resent that.
If you are an IceWM user, you know it's a great window manager: fast, light, uses very little memory. It's easy to use and one of the quickest to do work with.
Icewm? Are you kidding? You have to click 3-4 times just to launch an app, no icons on the taskbar, it's boring, it looks like Windows 98, etc, etc.
About 6 months ago, i was reading a review of XFCE4, the author, a renown geek, was explaining how fast XFCE4 was, how beautiful, but that it lacked the easiness to program the key bindings that were so crucial on his line of work. He explained that when he was "in the zone", working furiously, with no interruptions, he couldn't bother with the mouse. He thought that XFCE4 was the way of the future, and that he would keep his eye on it, but that in the meantime, he would go back to IceWM.
Now, why would this geek, with the latest on hardware wasn't using KDE/GNOME?
Hmm, maybe i should look at Ice once more, i thought.
I have used most window managers out there (fluxbox, blackbox, openbox, windowmaker, ion3, pwm, AfterStep, Fvwm, XFCE4, and of course, KDE and GNOME, etc), it's my hobby, I'm always looking for an edge for my old box (PII 266), so i installed IceWM again:
# apt-get install icewm icewm-themes iceme
It gives you a ton of themes, if you like the
Gnome look there are several:
For the Gnome look: IceGnome2 and many others
For the XFCE4 look: IceBlueCurve and IceBlueOkayish
For the Mac look: aquablue, liquid, sortofaqua
For kde: pkde kde2 ,pkde2, yak
I counted 70 different themes that come with IceWM with icewm-themes package, without counting the others from other sites. There are more themes you can shake a stick at, i'm vision-impaired, so i favor dark themes, my favorite is: 708090
To switch between themes, click on the start/linux button on the far left of the taskbar to get the main menu, choose Themes from the main menu, go down the alphabetical list, click on the theme you like, it will switch like lightning, click on the desktop to make the main menu disappear and voil