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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2011. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 9th.


View Poll Results: Window Manager of the Year
Fluxbox 62 13.45%
Window Maker 7 1.52%
Compiz 72 15.62%
Enlightenment 44 9.54%
KWin 58 12.58%
MetaCity 15 3.25%
IceWM 11 2.39%
Openbox 73 15.84%
xfwm4 47 10.20%
Ratpoison 5 1.08%
FVWM 16 3.47%
awesome 10 2.17%
xmonad 9 1.95%
JWM 5 1.08%
i3 6 1.30%
dwm 8 1.74%
Sawfish 2 0.43%
Mutter 11 2.39%
Marco 0 0%
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:28 AM   #16
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Enlightenment. beautiful minimalism, with a few hiccups but nothing devastating. I love everything about it.
Old 12-31-2011, 08:49 AM   #17
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Compiz, it is very good !
Old 12-31-2011, 09:09 AM   #18
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I switch between Gnome with Compiz and Awesome with a tendency towards Awesome the more I use it.

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Old 12-31-2011, 04:30 PM   #19
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Fluxbox is my preferred choice - I love starting apps with keystrokes or right-clicks (and not being tied to a start menu in one location)
Old 01-02-2012, 08:23 AM   #20
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Compiz…and not just for the eye candy.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:48 AM   #22
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I live 99% of my time in the linux console (in a GNU emacs buffer), I guess it does not count ... Lately I had been impressed by e17 (via I live 99% of my time in the linux console (in a GNU emacs buffer), I guess it does not count ... Lately I had been impressed by e17 (via slacke17: fast and lightweight
Old 01-03-2012, 10:42 PM   #23
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I vote for Openbox.
I find it the best, because it is easily configured and can do almost everything I want my computer interface to do.
The only problem is that Openbox is easy to configure after a person has figured it out or had someone tell them. It is the best for people who possess some knowledge, but almost useless for beginners. It would be nice if GNU-Linux beginners could also experience the joy of using Openbox!
Old 01-03-2012, 11:52 PM   #24
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I just started using fluxbox recently and love it! The text-based configuration enables nearly limitless customization, and the small impact on system resources is great for those of us who find many desktop environments too bloated.
Old 01-04-2012, 06:36 AM   #25
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Sure I was confused searching for GNOME or KDE, I haven't used much I sure like compiz but was too flashy.
Old 01-04-2012, 10:57 AM   #26
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I tried IceWM, EvilWM... Somehow it didn't fit. Now I use ratpoison on my laptop and it is all I wanted.
Voted Fluxbox because I still use Fluxbox or Metacity on this computer most of the time.
Old 01-04-2012, 12:23 PM   #27
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I've been doing a lot of WM-hopping lately, so it was tough to pick just one. When I want all the bells and whistles KDE4 provides them, but most of my boxes and VM's are too old/weak for that kind of stuff! On the light end openbox, iceWM, fluxbox all fill the bill, but I voted ratpoison!
Old 01-04-2012, 04:46 PM   #28
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FVWM. It does what I want. It doesn't has very few dependencies. It can be configured to do nearly anything. Its handling of virtual desktops makes the most sense to me.
Old 01-04-2012, 08:01 PM   #29
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Exclamation Where is Twin?

I think Twin should be in the list - Yes, it should definately be in the list - it's what I use.

I voted for Enlightenment, because I've had a softspot for it now for a decade or so, but really, if you're going to have RatPoison, you should have Twin, which works and runs with and within everything (including consoles xterms, whatever), and you can run screen or tmux inside of twterms too (or if you're really sadistic you can run Twin inside of Tmux and Screen LOL)!

It just freakin' rocks!

Please, if you can Jeremy, add Twin and I'll change my vote for that.

The main site has gone offline within the past six months or so, which had a wealth of information, and I'll see if I can't get the original copy from Max,or activate my old mirror of the site, but the Sourceforge repository is still there of course, and there was a recent release about a year ago too.

Since it works, there's not much need for updates - just bug-fixes when they show up. the last update dealt with better workings under 64bit OSes, for example.

The sourceforge site for Twin is here: The Sourceforge site for Twin - A textmode window environment for Linux

While the original home page (which may or may not be back online soon) is/was located here: Twin - textmode window environment for Linux

I hope that helps

Kindest regards,


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Old 01-05-2012, 05:43 AM   #30
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tallship, I just installed Twin, and it does look pretty awesome! Thanks!


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