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IceWM

IceWM

IceWM is a stacking window manager for the X Window System. It is fast and memory-efficient, and it provides many different looks including Windows, OS/2 Warp 3,4, and Motif. It tries to take the best features of the above systems.

The IceWM suite consists of the following core applications provided by the main package:

  • icewm
  • icewmbg - the background setting applications. It can assign plain background color or images in different formats to the X background, shared or separated for different workspaces
  • icewmtray - catches the Docklet objects installed by various applications like PSI
  • icewm-session - runs all of the above when needed
  • icewm-menu-gnome1 - used internally, generates IceWM program menus from located GNOME(1) menus
  • icewm-menu-gnome2 - used internally, generates IceWM program menus from FreeDesktop .desktop files 
  • icewmhint - used internally

IceWM can be configured from plain text files stored in a user's home directory, making it simple to customize and copy settings.

There is also an even lighter version of IceWM called IceWM-lite. It doesn’t have all the features of the regular version but is perfect for very slow CPUs (<200MHz) or even for network terminals.

The Easy mode default desktop of the Asus Eee PC uses IceWM.

 IceWM 1.3.7pre2

Price
Free to download

Size
0.8MB
License

GNU GPL v2

Developer
Marko Macek, Mathias Hasselmann

Website
www.icewm.org

System Requirements
libXpm

Support Sites:
Manual, FAQ and Howto

Selected Reviews:
Linux Goodies, polishlinux.org

Features include:

  • Fully usable with keyboard
  • Alt+Tab window switching
  • Efficient resource usage
  • Task bar (optional)
  • Multiple workspaces
  • Opaque move/resize
  • Window list
  • Mailbox status
  • Digital clock
  • Themes
  • Usable with GNOME and KDE environments

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