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Window Managers

The Window Manager is the layer between X windows and the desktop environment. Window managers (WM) control the placement & appearance of windows. The default in Puppy Slacko is JWM, its very light weight but effective. If you imagine a computer system as a series of layers it would look something like this:

Hardware < Operating System < Display Server/Window System < Window Manager < Desktop Environment

Puppys default is JWM or (OpenBox in Lucid), see the What are JWM and OpenBox? thread.

Hardware < Linux < X Windows < JWM or OpenBox

(JWM or OpenBox also act as the Desktop Environment, with the help of Puppy scripts and additional programs.)

Window Managers commonly included with Puppy
JWM - default in Puppy4 and Slacko 5.3x, also see JWMElements.
OpenBox - default in Puppy 5.2x Lucid, not included in Puppy 5.3x Slacko.
OpenBoxExtra - Openbox packaged with Tint, themes and more
Enlightenment - used by MacPup
XFCE - a complete Desktop Environment used by Carolina

More Window Mangers on the Wiki
Afterstep - based on the look and feel of the NeXTStep interface
Compiz - has special effects
Dwm - minimal tiling wm
Echinus - lightweight tiling wm
Fluxbox - lightweight
IceWM- Easy to use, customizable and good looking window manager.
PekWM - smaller and easier than OpenBox
RatpoisonWM - minimalist with the emphasis on speed

Even more Windows Managers
Antico - ANTICO forum thread
Beryl - has special effects
Compiz-Fusion - has special effects
Flwm - Flwm forum thread
HazeWM - super minimal HazeWM forum thread homepage
MLVWM - look and feel like the Macintosh environment homepage
Metisse - has special effects
Project Looking Glass - has special effects
XFWM - has special effects

Also on the Wiki



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Comments [Hide comments]
Comment by darkcity
2011-06-24 09:03:29
consider giving special effects its own page
Comment by CrustyLobster
2011-06-28 19:54:27
go for it
[[WindowManagersSpecialEffects Window Managers Special Effects]] link in this page
Comment by darkcity
2011-06-29 17:55:56
cool - will updates these pages soon ; -)
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