AfterStep was originally based on the look and feel of the NeXTStep interface, it provides end users with a consistent, clean, and elegant desktop. The goal of AfterStep development is to provide for flexibility of desktop configuration, improving aestetics, and efficient use of system resources. hot
Beryl is a combined window manager and composite manager written in C using OpenGL to provide acceleration. It is designed to be highly flexible, extensible, and portable, while all the while keeping in mind that the users knows how they want their desktops to act better than we do. With Beryl the rather esoteric concept of the computer desktop is brought down to a more human level, allowing for a more native and intuitive understanding of your workspace. hot
Compiz is a compositing window manager that uses 3D graphics acceleration via OpenGL. It provides various new graphical effects and features on any desktop environment, including Gnome and KDE. hot
The Enlightenment DR16 window manager was released in 2000, along with its dependencies Imlib and Fnlib, and remains in heavy usage today. While rumors of its death still circulate, DR16.6 was release on Nov 2nd, 2003, and it remains in development today with a long life still ahead of it. DR16 has been the choice of power users and artists due to its low overhead, highly graphical, widely theme-able, extremely configurable, yet unobtrusive interface. Nearly all functions of the window manager can be handled without mouse input, including application launching via e16keyedit. It also remains highly portable, with ports avalible for Linux on all platforms, FreeBSD, IRIX, Solaris X86 and Sparc, HP-UX, AIX, OS/2, and more. hot
icewm is a nice window manager designed for speed, usability and consistency. It has full GNOME compliance, partial KDE compliance, a default configuration fully usable without tweaking and optional use of mouse. hot
Window Maker is an X11 window manager originally designed to provide integration support for the GNUstep Desktop Environment. In every way possible, it reproduces the elegant look and feel of the NEXTSTEP[tm] user interface. It is fast, feature rich, easy to configure, and easy to use. It is also free software, with contributions being made by programmers from around the world. hot
9wm is an X window manager which attempts to emulate the Plan 9 window manager 8-1/2 as far as possible within the constraints imposed by X. It provides a simple yet comfortable user interface, without garish decorations or title-bars.
aewm is a minimalist window manager for X11. It has no nifty features, but is light on resources and extremely simple in appearance. It should eventually make a good reference implementation of the ICCCM. A few separate programs are included to handle running programs, switching between windows, etc.
aewm++ is a C++ rewrite of aewm. This will be the foundation for the next release of sapphire window manager. Many key window manager features will be added like GNOME support, Net WM spec support.
aewm2 is an X11R6 window manager based on aewm and 9wm. aewm2 features keyboard control, Decklin Foster's original menu (and a shell script to generate hierarchical menus), and a rudimentary widget set and datatypes.
Artificial Intelligence Voice Desktop Interface: an Open Source Window Manager Project based on KDE
ajaxWM is a themeable Web-based window manager, terminal emulator, and SSH proxy. It is partially based on ajaxterm. It has been written to allow remote controlling a computer even when you are behind a proxy blocking non-HTTP(S) transfer and are not allowed to install any additional software.
amiwm is an X window manager that tries to make your display look and feel like an Amiga® Workbench® screen. It is fully functional and can do all the usual window manager stuff, like moving and resizing windows.
Anarchy is a window manager for the X Window System and is implemented in less than 500 lines of CLOS oriented Scheme code.Despite its small code size, it supports most functions expected of a basic window manager (move, resize, hide, minimize, maximize, list windows, root menu).
AntiWM is a minimal, full-screen, keyboard driven window manager for X. It is inspired by ratpoison. Windows are managed in full-screen mode, optimizing workspace, and the keyboard operated management system allows for mouse free operation.
A group of projects that intend to create software for making UNIX and UNIX like operating systems, more powerfull and friendly. Our first goal is to create a Dynamic Modular Desktop Environment.
awesome is a window manager for X. It manages windows in several layout modes, such as tiled or floating. Each layout can be applied dynamically. Windows can be grouped by tags, and each window can be tagged with one or multiple tags, and each tag can have its own layout.
B4Step is a Window Manager running under X11R6 (Solaris and Linux), featuring a new innovating way to manage window banners.
BadWM is a minimalistic window manager for the X Window System licensed under the GNU General Public License that is based on evilwm. It has no window decorations but a simple 1 pixel border, no icons and no menu.
Blackbox is a fast, light window manager you have been looking for without all those annoying library dependancies.
Bluetile is a tiling window manager designed to integrate with the GNOME desktop environment. It provides both a traditional, stacking layout mode as well as tiling layouts where windows are arranged to use the entire screen without any overlapping.
blwm is a Windows like window manager (in Portugese).
Cairo Composite Manager
Cairo Composite Manager is a versatile and extensible composite manager that uses Cairo for rendering. Rendering can be done in 2D or 3D, using Xrender and Glitz backends. Plugins can be used to add some cool effects to your desktop.
Clementine is a window manager for X, based on aewm. Clementine is re-written in C++. This project aims to create a small, fast window manager with a minimum amount of extra features added in order to make it useable. Clementine will be as small as possible within these constraints of usability, but no smaller.
CLFSWM (Common Lisp FullScreen Window Manager) is an X11 window manager where windows are almost always fullscreen maximized or tiled. It can be driven using the keyboard alone or with the mouse.
Claude's Tab Window Manager: A highly-configurable window manager based on the classic TWM window manager. It supports xpms, multiple workspaces, advanced icon managment, animated icons and backgrounds, 3D titles and borders.
c(alm)wm is a window manager for X11 initially inspired by evilwm. It developed out of modifications to evilwm, but eventually the code base of evilwm did not accomodate well for the new features added. So calmwm was written from scratch. cwm has several novel features, including the ability to search for windows. It features a very simple and attractive aesthetic.
DSWM (Deep Space Window Manager) is a tiling keyboard-driven X11 window manager.
dvtm brings the concept of tiling window management, popularized by X11-window managers like dwm, to the console. As a console window manager, it tries to make it easy to work with multiple console based programs like vim, mutt, cmus, or irssi. dvtm is intended to be used where X11 isn't available or over SSH. It can be seen as a lightweight alternative to GNU screen.
dwemo is an alternative minimal window manager for X. It has a focus on necessity and functionality. dwemo uses keyboard control for common tasks and launching of frequently used applications. Being minimal in nature, the dwemo binary size should stay below 30 kB.
dynamic window manager
dwm is a fast and simple window manager for X11. It manages windows in tiling and floating modes. Either mode can be applied dynamically, optimizing the environment for the application in use and the task performed. Windows can be tagged with one or multiple tags. Selecting certain tags displays all windows that are accordingly tagged. dwm is the little brother of wmii.
echinus is a lightweight window manager for X based on dwm's source code. It manages windows in tiled, maximized, and floating layouts. It is extremely small, rather fast, and supports Xft. It features nice titlebars, multiple desktops, theming support, a simple configuration file, the ability to switch desktops with the mouse wheel, X bitmaps for title buttons, and true transparency support (through xcompmgr).
Efsane is a window manager in Turkish. It is programmed in C++ and with OOB technique.
intended to be small, fast, configurable while maintening a large feature set. It is a computer school project from EPITA under GPL
euclid-wm is a minimalist, tiling window manager for X11 that seeks to allow easy management of numerous windows entirely from the keyboard.
evilwm is a minimalist window manager for X. It features no window decorations apart from a simple 1 pixel border, no icons, good keyboard control, including repositioning and maximise toggles. Read more
failsafewm is an extremely minimalistic window manager.
Firebox manages your windows. It tends to comply with the ICCCM/Motif/EWMH standards for window management. It aims to be small and fast.
Fluxbox is yet another windowmanager for X.
It's based on the Blackbox 0.61.1 code. Fluxbox looks like blackbox and handles styles, colors, window placement and similar thing exactly like blackbox (100% theme/style compability).
Fluxspace blends Fluxbox's window management with new desktop management capabilities. It leverages existing components and the power of Python to help build a flexible desktop environment around Fluxbox and other lightweight window managers.
flwm is an X window manager based on wm2 by Chris Cannam, with changes to make it more user-friendly without (I hope) sacrificing any of the clean minimalist design of wm2.
FOX Window Manager
FOX Window Manager uses the FOX toolkit and provides a clean, stable, and fast window manager primarily for business or professional usage.
Fresco is a windowing system derived from a powerful structured graphics toolkit originally based on InterViews. Fresco extends earlier incarnations to the status of a full windowing system, in command of the video hardware (via GGI, SDL, DirectFB or GLUT) and processing user input directly rather than peering with a host windowing system.
FVWM is an ICCCM compliant multiple virtual desktop window manager for X11 created by Robert Nation and derived originally from twm code.
FVWM-95 is a hack based on fvwm2.x. It tries to emulate the good features of a well known product without bloating the regular fvwm code.
Fvwm-Nightshade aims to be a lightweight but feature rich and good looking configuration of Fvwm.
Glassomium is a cross-platform web-based TUIO-enabled multi-touch window manager. It features multi-touch gestures for zooming, rotating and dragging windows, Adobe Flash support, TUIO-to-JS support, fullscreen application support, small API, with a customizable user interface.
Golem's design goals are that it be fast and lightweight, as well as very customizable.
Generic Window Manager (GWM) is an extensible Window Manager for the X Window System Version 11
Hackedbox is a stripped down version of Blackbox. The toolbar and Slit have been removed. The goal of Hackedbox is to be a small "feature-set" window manager, with no bloat.