Friday, 17 February 2012

Window Maker Has New 0.95.2 Release After Six Years

Here's something for those who haven't read it yet on Slashdot, a new version of Window Maker (yes, written apart is the correct naming scheme) has been made available. Apparently a new team has taken over development, and in fact this is the second release from them, ironing out some more bugs since the initial new 0.95.1 release in January.

The website has also been redesigned. Read the full announcement with an overview of new features and bug fixes here. In the light of the bigger environments getting almost all the attention I think this is great news and shows Window Maker is not dead and can still be an alternative for people who value lightweight and still functional window managers. Check out this link to the Slashdot post and related comments.

Apparently there's now improved support for the freedesktop.org standard and Mac OS X style application and window cycling from the keyboard plus a ton of other stuff if that matters. I've never encountered any bugs on 0.92, and never had more than 81 work spaces open, so this theoretical problem did not occur either.

Even if you believe lightweight is overrated these days, with Gigabytes of hard drive space and RAM available, it may still make sense for a server or as interface for VNC when dealing with low bandwidth. And with hundreds of nice looking, simple themes available this could just be the alternative to Ubuntu's Unity, which seems at least remotely inspired by Window Maker. To check out my slightly older write-up with many links and some screenshots click the tag on top or below this article. Btw, Slackware comes with a nice implementation of Window Maker by default.

2 comments:

  1. I'm really glad for this new release of Window Maker. I've got interested on these kind of window managers some months ago and I was afraid they were almost death. They absolutely look much more Unix or Linux, they were not trying to look like Windows' desktop like many desktops environments of today do.

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  2. Absolutely, I love the distinctive look of these older window managers like Window Maker, FVWM or Afterstep as well.

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