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Stacking window manager: Comparison
- cwm a lightweight and efficient stacking window manager for X11
- fluxbox very lightweight window manager, easy to handle but yet full of features
- icewm lightweight window manager which resembles the UI of Windows 95
- openbox highly configurable stacking window manager
- windowmaker a window manager designed to emulate NeXTSTEP's GUI
- twm very simple window manager, included in the Xorg distribution
- fvwm3 Next generation of fvwm
- jwm window manager with an interface similar to Windows 98
On: Artix Linux
From high to low in kB
Recommending a window manager is not easy, because it is also a matter of taste. We did a little non-representative poll at Mastodon and here are the results:
The recommendation is a mix of these poll results and our criteria.
Many stacking window managers are easy or very easy to use for novice users. Some do resemble a classic layout from Microsoft's proprietary OS. So we did choose the most lightweight of this easy to use window managers, and this is Fluxbox
Fluxbox is one of the most popular lightweight window managers. It is usable right out of the box and highly configurable. The most similar competitor is Openbox, which is no surprise, because they share the same ancestor Blackbox.
If you are coming from a Microsoft system and are looking for an experience which you are used to have a look at icewm.
For experienced users
Experienced users might prefer a window manager which is completely controllable by keyboard shortcuts and stays out of the way. This criteria are met by cwm. It has a minimalist interface, a short but comprehensive documentation and it is the default window manager of OpenBSD (where it is also developed).
I want a lightweight desktop environment
So, you want to stay lightweight but also want an integrated look and feel with an ecosystem of small apps? Look no further than Window Maker