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Window Maker is a window manager originally designed to provide integration support for the GNUstep Desktop Environment. It reproduces the elegant look and feel of the NEXTSTEP user interface. It is fast, feature rich, easy to configure, and easy to use.

Window Maker is not overloaded with features, and it is easier to configure than most other window managers. One of its goal is to produce a window manager that does not require editing of configuration files. Window Maker does not require tons of memory to run.

Window Maker includes compatibility options which allow it to work with other popular desktop environments, namely GNOME and KDE, and comes with a powerful GUI configuration editor, called WPrefs, which removes the need to edit text-based config files by hand.

The interface, while offering many features, tends towards a minimalist, high performance environment directly supporting XPM, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF and PPM icons with an alpha-channel, a right-click, sliding-scrolling application menu system which can throw off pinnable menus, along with window-icon miniaturization and other animations on multiple desktops.

 WindowMaker 0.95.6

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Features include:

  • Support for multiple workspaces
  • Built-in themes support
  • Over 13 types of window decorations, including custom defined
  • Support for XPM, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF and PPM icons (no conversions with external programs) with an alpha-channel
  • Support for setting the root window background (via the wmsetbg utility)
  • Optional superfluous animations, such as window shading, customizeable icon miniturization effects, slide/scrolling menus, and much more
  • Built-in icon dithering with support for 4bpp and 8bpp displays
  • Popup menus that support keyboard traversal, which can be "pinned" to the root window
  • Support for GNUstep, GNOME, and KDE window hints to better integrate with those desktop environments
  • Support for Motif and OPEN LOOK window hints to better interface with applications based on those toolkits
  • Built-in GUI configuration utility that eliminates the need to hand edit config files
  • Application Dock (similar to NEXTSTEP/MacOS X Dock) that can be configured using drag and drop
  • Workspace Dock (aka Clip/Fiend) which is a workspace specific Dock extender
  • Support for rudimentary session management
  • Support for dockapps (equivalent of applets or epplets)
  • Ability to change all preferences and menus on-the-fly without having to restart the window manager
  • Almost complete ICCCM compliance
  • Left Half / Right Half Maximise
  • Maximize a window such that it occupies the largest area without overlapping others
  • History and TAB completion in dialogs
  • Windows can be resized vertically (horizontally) using MOD+Wheel
  • National language I18N support (over 11 locales)

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