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Window managers provide the borders around the windows. Without a
window manager windows would simply have no borders. Window managers
also allow changing the location and size of windows. They determine
in which way the input focus is switched. They can raise or lower
windows. Most window managers provide a menu system. Some window
managers provide icon management and virtual desktops.
There are a variety of window managers, some of which are listed here:
- - Tab Window Manager is the most basic window manager
provided with nearly all X-Windows implementations.
- - Motif Window Manager is the window manager you are
currently using. It is widespread, but is not free like
twm. Newer versions also have virtual desktops. It has a similar look
and feel to Microsoft Windows.
- - F(?) Virtual Window Manager is derived from twm
but looks very much like mwm. It provides virtual desktops like
newer versions of mwm.
- - Open Look Window Manager is Sun's window manager, but
has been implemented for a variety of machines. It has it's own
special look and feel, which is different from all other window managers.
There is a version with virtual desktops called olvwm.
Appendix contains screen shots of the above window managers.
Mark O. Stitson
Wed Sep 25 10:45:32 BST 1996