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Metacity is a compositing window manager used by default in the GNOME desktop environment. It is the default window manager for many distributions including Ubuntu.

It is a small window manager, using GTK+2 to do everything.

Metacity focuses on simplicity and usability rather than novelties or gimmicks. The author says, metacity is a "Boring window manager for the adult in you. Many window managers are like Marshmallow Froot Loops; Metacity is like Cheerios."

 Metacity 2.34.13

Free to download



Havoc Pennington


System Requirements
GTK+ 2.2

Support Sites:
Blog, Themes, Understanding Metacity Themes

Selected Reviews:

Features include:

  • Uses GTK+ 2.0 for drawing window frames. This means colors, fonts, etc. come from GTK+ theme
  • Does not expose the concept of "window manager" to the user
  • Includes only the window manager; does not try to be a desktop environment. The pager, configuration, etc. are all separate and modular
  • Has a simple theme system and a couple of extra themes come with it
  • Session management
  • Implements most of the EWMH window manager specification from, as well as the older ICCCM
  • Uses Pango to render text, so has cool i18n capabilities
  • Simple animations for actions such as minimization, to help users see what is happening
  • Basic colormap handling

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