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FVWM-Crystal

FVWM-Crystal

FVWM-Crystal aims to create an easy to use, powerful desktop environment. Unlike many other lightweight environments, it also features plenty of eye-candy.

FVWM-Crystal boils down to a set of FVWM configuration files, some Python and shell scripts, a set of application icons and images. This combination produces a fairly decent and customized window manager using FVWM as it's basic component. With additional software such as ROX-Filer users can create a usable and attractive desktop environment.

The environment is very easy to set up as well as being lightweight, which makes it fast even on archaic PCs with Pentium I and IIs processors.

 FVWM-Crystal 3.0.6

Price
Free to download

Size
7.5MB
License

GNU GPL v2

Developer
Maciej Delmanowski, Rafa Bisingier, Dominik Tomasik, Lukasz Strzygowski, Michael Stilkerich, Myles Green, and Dominique Michel

Website
gna.org/.../fvwm-crystal

System Requirements
FVWM 2.5.13 or higher
Python
ImageMagick
ROX-Filer (or Nautilus)
XScreenSaver
Systray
Sudo
Terminal Emulator
Music player such as MPD/mpc

Support Sites:
Ubuntu Documentation

Selected Reviews:
polishlinux.org

Features include:

  • Transparent elements of the interface: panels, menus, dialogs
  • Window decorations, panel/menu colorsets and desktop wallpaper changeable from the main menu; choice saved for next X sessions
  • Flexible window decorations: can have different tilebar buttons layout, pixmaps, button functions
  • Different "desktop layouts" (panel placement and functions, desktop functions, window icons/thumbnails), changeable from the menu
  • Advanced keyboard support: keybindings for controlling the desktop switching, window management (moving, resizing, focusing, basic operations like minimalization or closing) - nearly 100 different keybindings
  • Support for controlling music players, using the keyboard or panel buttons and menus; currently MPD, XMMS, XMMS2, Quod Libet, AlsaPlayer, MPlayer, audacious, cmus, mocp and cdcd are supported
  • Advanced support of the terminal windows: special "QuakeConsole" terminal accessible by an Alt+` (grave) keystroke similar to the console found in FPP games; terminals can be opened using RMB on the desktop; terminal windows don't release focus for newly opened windows (by default)
  • Python script for generating different panels and menus with installed applications - automatically finds programs in $PATH and creates specified menus and panels
  • Support for nearly 400 different applications - icons, menu/panel database entries, window styles
  • Different language support using gettext

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