What window manager do you recommend?

  • saghaulor
Posted: Thu, 08/16/2007 - 02:05
In the past I've read about several different window managers, each offering something a little different than the other. What window manager do your recommend to use with 64 Studio and why do you recommend it?


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Fri, 10/05/2007 - 16:15
I meant to write a how-to for this ages ago... and it since became quite a bit easier to do. I'll do it tonight, and post the link here as well. Cheers,


  • mattephotofinish
  • 10/05/07
  • Fri, 10/05/2007 - 15:23
Harly, how did you get Beryl working? -Dan

window managers

  • david-0
  • 09/17/07
  • Mon, 09/17/2007 - 23:44
I've alwaysed favoured FVWM-2 with themes, or AfterStep. The latter was my favorite for years on my litle celeron laptop- for slimness and grace of use..... Fvwm themes even loaded up all my menus for me by default, which is a real advantage. I'd love to use these or fluxbox on 64studio, but can't get menus going. flux doesn't seem to have any background click meus or any toolbars at all! After step would be great to re-configure the menus on, as this version is gnome friendly i believe. Blackbox and other window managers have all done the same thing - no menus. exept enlightenment! years ago i used to say i'd use it when i had cpu cyles to spare! that gnome-enlightenment is interesting... any ideas on the menus front? dav=-0


  • saghaulor
  • 08/06/07
  • Sat, 08/18/2007 - 16:29
I found Enlightenment in the default repositories of 64 Studio. I'm not sure if it was this E-17 that you speak of. When I ran it, it seemed as though it required some configuring. I don't know, I guess I'll stick with Gnome for now until I get some time to learn E.


  • thisllub
  • 08/04/07
  • Sat, 08/18/2007 - 04:09
I use Enlightenment E17 on my laptop over the top of an Xubuntu install and on this PC over 64 Studio. I haven't yet found a repository that works with 64 Studio so I installed it from CVS. Even with the easy_e17 script. This is not an easy task so I don't recommend it unless you are patient and have a good idea about what you are doing. In theory the ELive repositories should work as that is based on Etch. Download the Elive CD and see if it suits you. I have at least half a dozen reasons why I prefer E17 to everything else. Low memory use Speed When it infrequently crashes it reloads gracefully without even moving a single application window or losing a running app. With three screens I can control virtual desktops on each one separately. Window positioning control is superior to anything else. e.g. It can remember exactly where on each virtual desktop and screen you want each app to open every time you open it. Menus that pop up without finding a particular part of the desktop. Easily text editable application shortcuts. AND It looks damn good.

Playing around

  • saghaulor
  • 08/06/07
  • Thu, 08/16/2007 - 12:22
Last night I installed a few different window managers and gave them a go briefly. I didn't have much luck. I'm guessing there was some configuring that needed to be performed. After installing, I logged out. Then clicked the session button at the logon screen, and chose what manager I wanted to try. I clicked on Metacity and as it begins to log it, the screen turns grey as if it is loading the desktop, and then nothing happens. I learned last night that Gnome is the desktop enviroment and not a window manager. Does this mean that when I choose Gnome as my session it loads Metacity by default? I also tried using enlightenment. When I chose the Enlightenment session it loaded a completely new desktop and window manager. After logging out, I realized that there was a session called E-Gnome, which was the Gnome Desktop with Enlightenment as the window manager.


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 08/16/2007 - 05:48
As you have said, each has its advantages. Gnome (default) is currently the best choice because it is default... Thus easy to support and fix. Gnome has been extremely stable (I cannot recall serious problems) and works well with all the apps in 64studio I loaded beryl onto Gnome (or under Gnome...) and It looks very cool - but for important/Live recordings I always go back to plain "Metacity" Gnome for the stability. I have no experiences with 64studio under other (KDE, Xfce, etc) and would like to hear from others about this.