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WindowMaker 0.92.0
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Joined: 24 Aug 2005
Posts: 13644
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany

PostPosted: Wed 30 Jan 2008, 02:13    Post_subject:  WindowMaker 0.92.0
Sub_title: Windowmanager, small and stable.

This is a windowmanager, quite old and fast.
Info: http://www.windowmaker.info/

Download (1.8 MB):


full size: http://noforum.de/pics/Wmaker.jpg

It has no taskbar, instead it uses small icons.
So you might like to use it with the Gnome-panel.
lxpanel can not display a taskbar in windowmaker.

Start it with
xwin wmaker

You can run a config-tool, it is the 3rd icon from top on the right side.
It does not display pictures.
This is a bug you can find often in google, but I found no solution.


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Joined: 28 Nov 2005
Posts: 2030
Location: Maine, USA

PostPosted: Wed 30 Jan 2008, 07:53    Post_subject:  

Damn....another one I must try.

No wonder my save files get filled so fast
Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Maine, USA

Asus eeepc 1005HA PU1X-BK
Frugal install: Puppeee4.31 + 1.0, Puppy4.10 + Lupu52
Currently using Slacko AND lupu52 w/ fluxbox
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Joined: 04 Oct 2007
Posts: 87
Location: Agoura Hills, California

PostPosted: Sun 25 May 2008, 21:21    Post_subject: Windowmaker!  

After touring window managers again, I return to Windowmaker! It's the only one that's easy enough for me.

I haven't tried this Puppy one, but am about to. I run Windowmaker in Debian Linux (Sidux) but learned to love it in Suse Linux.
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Location: Agoura Hills, California

PostPosted: Sun 25 May 2008, 22:55    Post_subject: Displaying pictures in configuation utility  

I found out how to display pictures in the Window Maker Preferences utility.

I noted that Windowmaker seemed to expect the icons in this directory:


On another computer, I discovered a /tiffs directory that contained the icons needed

In Puppy, I had to create some empty directories to imitate the path that Windowmaker expected.

Then I put the /tiffs directory and the icons in it in


And the picures appeared! As a bonus, you get a slider that gives you more options than you have without pictures.

That seems to solve the problem. There is probably a better solution, but I accept working!

By the way, if anyone tries to install the Windowmaker pup above, note that the command you use to start it, after ctrl-alt-backspace to get out of your other window manager, is

xwin wmaker

I first tried xwin windowmaker but it's no big surprise that didn't work.

Windowmaker is great and easy and I don't understand why its popularity ebbed.
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PostPosted: Mon 26 May 2008, 02:17    Post_subject:  

I've been using windowmaker for years and it has me so spoiled with its' good beahoviour that I find it hard to use anything else. Sometimes I play around a few minutes with icewm and it would be my second choice.

I've built up a pretty large collection of wmaker related stuff which you might want to have a look at here:

In particular, I have most of the patches ever available for wmaker -the best feature to add is the command history for the run box.
I also got the sound server working so you can have desktop sound events.

The patches are here:
And the patch order can be seen here:

Another very intersting thing is that I run wmaker without the dock or the clip. I can still use dockapps, but they are not in the dock. This cuts down on desktop clutter and menory usage.

My< desktop consists of the ROX-Filer-1.2 for the desktop icons, wmaker and a panel -either taskbar or fbpanel. Very nice and intuitive to use.

I have a collection of nearly 60 DockApps here:

All of these DockApps are updated to run correctly with wmaker-0.92.

I also have miniwindows disabled so that there is never any extra clutter on the desktop -otherwise each running applixation will show an extra icon -a minimized apps shows two! I let the panel handle minmized windows so I don't need the mini-windows.

Here's a bit of code which makes the above behaviour work:
  "ROX-Pinboard" = {
    NoResizebar = Yes;
    NoBorder = Yes;
    KeepInsideScreen = Yes;
    NoHideOthers = Yes;
    SkipWindowList = Yes;
    DontSaveSession = Yes;
    NoCloseButton = Yes;
    NoTitlebar = Yes;
    NoMiniaturizeButton = Yes;
    Omnipresent = Yes;
  "ROX-Filer.ROX-Filer" = {
    NoAppIcon = Yes;
    SharedAppIcon = No;
  "*" = {
    NoAppIcon = Yes;

The above should be the contents of your WMWindowAttributes file in your HOME/GNUstep/Defaults directory. You should edit the file to have that content while *not* running windowmaker.

Here's a screenshot that shows how this all fits together:

Hope you get a laugh out of the backgroun image -it's one of the funniest things I ever saw...
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PostPosted: Mon 26 May 2008, 05:52    Post_subject: Ouch!  

Thanks, I'll use what I can. With picante sauce!
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Aug 2008, 14:04    Post_subject: Windowmaker new pet
Sub_title: A Window manager that doesn't look like windows

I just posted a newly made pet of windowmaker (that seems fully functional) along with some "instructions" based on my own experience with it.

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