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AfterStep is a window manager based on FVWM which attempts to emulate the NEXTSTEP look and feel, while retaining the configurability of its predecessor. This window manager makes extensive use of the color palette. If you have only an 8-bit color display, it will run as packaged, but you may want to modify the configuration to use fewer colors.

AfterStep is a continuation of the BowMan window manager project, but the name was changed to reflect the desire that it does more than simply emulate and has become a valuable window manager in its own right.

It provides end users with a consistent, clean, and elegant desktop. AfterStep's goal is to provide for flexibility of desktop configuration, improving aestetics, and efficient use of system resources.

 Afterstep 2.2.12

Free to download



Sasha Vassko and other developers


System Requirements
xpm, jpeg, png libraries (optional)

Support Sites:
Documentation, Wiki

Selected Reviews:

Features include:

  • Fast startup
  • Pager - a visual tool for managing and cycling between multiple desktops
  • WinList - a simple Taskbar displaying active applications
  • Wharf - docking tool that manages Applets/Dockapps and launches applications
  • A powerful, high-performance, and high-quality built-in image engine
  • Highly configurable with lots of themes, colors, and icons
  • SVG support
  • ToolTips for individual menu entries
  • Internationalization of menu entries

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