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Old 06-11-2004, 02:31 PM   #1
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Talking Most Configurable Window Manager?

This sounds like such a dumb question but I got curious and I was amazed that a search for 'configurable window manager' only returned 25 hits, none of which seemed to really ask this question.

First off - this question is from the viewpoint of non-programmers. Ultimately, everything is totally configurable and, even by config design, if you're a scheme/lisp/ruby whiz, there's stuff around for you. But I mean for people just hacking config files and maybe doing plain shell scripting.

Second off - KDE, Gnome, XFCE are excluded. Just wm's.

Third off - this isn't what's 'best' or 'coolest' or 'what I use'. Just literally: what can you waste the most time tweaking? How fine a grain of pixel colors and widget placements can you tweak?

My guess is fvwm and it was a thread about configuring it that set me off, but I'm curious what everybody thinks. Also, as a bonus, maybe provide good links to tweak tutorials or tips of your own.
Old 06-12-2004, 01:02 AM   #2
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I've had experience with quite a few. The ones I've really been a tweakin' freak on are Fluxbox and Window Maker. With both you can tweak the background, titlebars, menu(both colors and the menu itself), and backgrounds. Yeah, I've wasted countless hours doing it.

The thing I do is play with the style files. They just take a little bit to get used to. They also both let you use interlace or gradient colors. Maybe tomorrow I will upload my style files to the web.
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I use fluxbox and I think it is more configurable than any other WM. I have spent ages getting it just right .

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Enlightenment hands down. It was made for this specific reason (one of them anyways ). You can configure just about anything.

It just so happens IMO it is also the "coolest"

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Old 06-14-2004, 01:47 PM   #5
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Yeah - I forgot about Enlightenment. That is extremely configurable. I ran fvwm briefly and got the idea it was insanely configurable but I disliked the default so much I never figured out how. (IIRC) But I ran E enough to know it's way up there.

Two votes for flux? I think even ice is a little more tweakable than flux, but I do find flux extremely configurable.

I hear ya on the style files, darthtux - I remember completely redesigning one so that I might as well have started from scratch, though that was with blackbox. I did the same thing to the Infadel2 theme in ice. With flux, though, I found the 'sid_fluxcarnation' theme (or whatever) and mostly stuck with that just like it was, along with a few other neat ones.

Well, thanks for the replies, folks.


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