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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 1.3.8

Free to download



Marko Macek, Mathias Hasselmann


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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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