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  • Alacarte Menu Editor
    Alacarte is a simple compliant menu editor for GNOME that lets you change your menus, simply and quickly. Just click and type to edit, add, and delete any menu entry.
  • backstep
    Backstep is a program that draws icons for minimized windows on your desktop. It doesn't depend on the window manager or on a desktop-drawing program. It is meant to work with window managers that are EWHM compliant.
  • CDEmu
    CDEmu is an integrated theme to give your desktop the look of CDE. It includes a Perl script that generates setup files for the Fvwm window manager, and gtkrc, qtrc, and xresources files so that all colors and fonts are consistently used in all aplications.
  • Cookmenus
    A general menu (like the main menus in KDE, GNOME-panel or fvwm) transformation and translation utility. It curently supports debian and input formats, and gnome/ output fomats.
  • Crystal Audio
    CrystalAudio is a FVWM-Crystal configuration tuned for use on an audio workstation. It has many new applications for the menu, including many sound-related applications.
  • Denu
    Denu is aimed at easing menu organization over a set of varying window managers. Denu was specifically created for Gentoo Linux but as of 2.3.1 denu may be run according to the run-down from any distribution. Version 2.3.x supports gnome 2.10, KDE, fluxbox, openbox, IceWM, Xfce4 and waimea.
  • Devil's Pie
    A window-matching utility, inspired by Sawfish's "Matched Windows" option and the lack of the functionality in Metacity.
  • evilbar
    This is small ncurses based bar designed to match the coolness of evilWM. evilbar sports a right-aligned clock, APM status and XMMS control.
  • fbctrl
    fbctrl is a very lightweight utility to switch the windows or desktops on top of any compatible window manager like fluxbox, blackbox, or openbox. The main goal behind this utility is to recover the old focus behavior of fluxbox 0.1.14 for the newer versions, if no tabs are used.
  • feed2wmmenu
    feed2wmmenu is a tool to generate X11 window manager menus from RSS, ATOM, or other news feeds. It was inspired by "fvwm-menu-headlines", which generates static refreshed FVWM menus from RSS or other kinds of news feeds.
  • Fluxbox Tray Menu
    Fluxbox Tray Menu is a little tray menu for use with the Fluxbox window manager.
  • FVWM Themes
    fvwm-themes gives to a novice fvwm user a complete fvwm configuration with precreated themes. The user doesn't need to know any fvwm syntax to start using a reasonably powerful and themeable fvwm setup. All he needs is to install the latest fvwm, the latest fvwm-themes and start fvwm-themes-start.
  • fvwm-ewmh
    fvwm-ewmh is made up of a module, FvwmNetHints, and a patch against the last stable FVWM source tree (fvwm-2.4.8). With these, FVWM can handle Extended Window Manager Hints from the freedesktop group.
  • FvwmPlacement
    FvwmPlacement is a plugin module for FVWM2 (F Virtual Window Manager, Version 2). Its intention is to automatically place windows of programs that do not accept -geometry settings or similar mechanisms.
  • FvwmProxy
    FvwmProxy is a FVWM2 module that allows the user to locate and control windows obscured by other windows by using small non-overlapping proxy windows. The current capabilites include raising and lowering the proxied windows.
  • gsetroot
    gsetroot is a C/Gtk-based front-end for Esetroot. It can be used to choose a wallpaper and configure root window. It works under Window Managers like FluxBox, Enlightenment, WindowMaker, NextStep, BlackBox, IceWM and others.
  • gSystem7
    The gSystem7 project is an attempt to bring the beauty, elegance, simplicity and usability of Mac System7 to the GNOME Desktop Environment on the Linux/BSD/*nix operating systems.
  • Gtk-Qt Theme Engine
    The GTK-Qt Theme Engine is a project allowing GTK to use Qt widget styles. It behaves like a normal GTK theme engine, but calls functions from Qt instead of doing the drawing itself.
  • IceDock
    IceDock provides, window manager neutral (not yet there), support for WindowMaker, Afterstep(Wharf) docked applications. It was heavily influenced by Blackbox's Slit (both code and ideas stolen). Primarily aimed at IceWM.
  • IceMe
    IceMe is a graphical menu editor for IceWM written in Python and GTK. It features tree editing with Drag'n'Drop and Cut'n'Paste, a shortcut editor and icon selection dialog.
  • IcePref
    IcePref is an advanced Gtk-based IceWM configuration utility written in PYTHON, using the PyGtk libraries.
  • IceWM Control center
    The IceWM Control Center allows you to run various tools for configuring IceWM's options. It supports themes, so you can add your own background images and any tools (for example, see my tools and theme for iDesk).
  • IDesk
    IDesk gives users of minimal wm's (fluxbox, pekwm, windowmaker...) icons on their desktop. The icon graphics are either from a png or svg (vector) file and support some eyecandy effects like transparency. Each icon can be confgured to run one or more shell commands and the actions which run those commands are completely configurable.
  • KiceMenu
    KiceMenu lets you configure your icewm menus according to your wishes. It allows you to create sub menus, separators and program entries in your file, as well as choosing an icon and a descriptive name.
  • Menu Editor
    Menu Editor is an editor for the Window Manager's start menu.
  • Menu2WM
    Menu2WM takes an XML document describing the structure of a menu and converts it to the format expected by the most common window managers.
  • OBHotkey
    OBHotkey is a command-line tool (and optional tray icon) for creating hotkeys to run programs when using the Openbox window manager. It supports multi-key command sequences.
  • Openbox menu editor
    Openbox menu editor is a tool that simplifies the process of editing Openbox's complex XML-based menu file.
  • Oroborus Theme Changer
    Oroborus Theme Changer is a mini-app written in Tcl / Tk which allows you to quickly change the theme in the Oroborus window manager.
  • PyPanel
    PyPanel is a lightweight panel/taskbar written in Python and C for X11 window managers. It can be easily customized to match any desktop theme or taste. PyPanel works with EWMH compliant WMs (Openbox, PekWM, FVWM, etc.) and is distributed under the GNU General Public License v2.
  • python-wmii
    python-wmii is a Python-only configuration script for the window manager wmii.
  • Rob's Iconbox
    Rob's Iconbox is an imitation of the Enlightenment window manager's Iconbox. It stores iconified windows in a window as miniaturized screenshots of themselves.
  • SlackE17
    SlackE17 is a project of building and distributing the new Enlightenment DR17 (E17) window manager for the Linux Slackware distribution.
  • stalonetray
    The stalonetray is a STAnd-aLONE system tray(notification area). It has minimal build and run-time dependencies: the Xlib only. The XEMBED support is planned. Stalonetray runs under virtually any window manager.
  • Switchem
    Switchem is a commandline-based tool for switching your X11 window manager or desktop environment. Switchem is written completely in perl. A global database of window managers is kept up to date, and Switchem knows what window managers are installed on your system, without requiring any extra packages.
  • Themus
    Themus is a collection of theme utilities for GNOME. You can manage your themes by going to themes:/// in Nautilus, where they are displayed and can be applied, installed, or deleted.
  • whaw
    whaw is a program for X11 that can use advanced tiling algorithms and an intuitive user interface to quickly lay out windows without having to replace or modify the set up of your window manager of choice. whaw is meant to augment the capabilities of your current window manager, not supplant them.
  • wm2kde
    wm2kde converts the Window Maker menu into KDE format. It works only with plain (not property list) format.
  • WMakerConf
    WMakerConf is a configuration utility for the Window Maker window manager. Unlike the program included with Window Maker, WMakerConf uses the GTK+ graphics library.
  • wmalbum
    WMAlbum is a dock applet that displays album covers for songs being played by XMMS. You must already have images of the album covers stored near the file being played. WMAlbum provides a handy circular menu for play/skip/etc, and can replace wmxmms.
  • wmanager
    wmanager is a small X11 application for selecting a window manager at startup. wmanager uses the Fast Light Toolkit (Fltk).
  • wmconfig
    wmconfig is a free tool for creating menu entries for various X window managers. It uses a very simple configuration and it's fast and small. It does not need a special toolkit (Gtk or Qt / KDE) and the menu entries may be edited with the text editor of your choice.
  • wmctrl
    wmctrl is a command line tool to interact with an EWMH/NetWM compatible X Window Manager. It provides command line access to almost all the features defined in the EWMH specification.
  • WMServices
    WMServices is a dockable app which intends to make checking for server availability a bit easier. The app, given up to five server IP's or hostnames and ports continuesly checks whether they are up and informs the user accordingly(using green or red font).
  • wmxkb
    wmxkb shows and controls XKB groups (XFree86 key maps). It can be used as a dockable/swallowed applet with Window Maker, BlackBox and clones (incl. FluxBox), or any window manager that supports swallowing, including gnome-1, kde(kpanel)-1, afterstep, fvwm and clones. Alternatively, you can run wmxkb as a normal window with any window manager.
  • WnDO
    WnDO is a small suite of complementary tools for behavioral extensions to Fluxbox, Xfce, and other light-weight window managers. WnDO offers a plugin platform for tweaking the desktop environment. It modifies behavior, rather than adding desktop widgets. It has minimal dependencies beyond Python. Included modules handle window alignment and tiling, process management, and wallpaper management, including per-workspace wallpaper and random wallpaper changing.
  • XDG-Menu
    XDG-Menu is a ROX panel applet that displays an applications menu button. The menus it builds fit the XDG Menu Specification published by
  • Xfce WMdock Plugin
    The WMdock plugin is a compatibility layer for running WindowMaker dockapps on the XFCE desktop. It integrates the dockapps into a panel, closely resembling the look and feel of the WindowMaker dock or clip.
  • Xfce4 Panel Menu
    Xfce4 Panel Menu is a plugin for the Xfce4 Xfce4 Panel Menu is a plugin for the Xfce4 panel that provides a menu similar to the start menu in Windows XP. It contains an applications menu, a menu of recently opened apps and user-defined shortcuts and some other additions.

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