Metacity is a compositing window manager used by default in
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."
- 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
- Has a simple theme system and a couple of extra themes come
- Session management
- Implements most of the EWMH window manager specification
from freedesktop.org, 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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