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Linux Window Managers

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The picture below shows the Lesstif window manager, modeled on the Motif window manager. The objects at the lower right form the workspace manager. The workspace manager controls the virtual desktop, which effectively gives you access to a desktop area larger than your screen.
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This is the AfterStep window manager, modeled on the NeXTStep system. The stack of icons at the right is the wharf, which serves, among other things, as an application launcher. The workspace manager is at the upper right.
AfterStep screen shot
Finally, here is the fvwm95 window manager, which has been set up to look and work very much like a windowing system from a large corporation in Redmond, Washington, USA. The biggest problem is that it works very much like the other system, not exactly like it. For example, note the horizontal bar at the bottom of the screen that shows which applications are currently in use. In the original system it is trivial to move it "below the screen" to see windows behind it. In Linux, moving the bar away is done in a radically different way which is not at all obvious to someone used to the original.

This sort of interface is a really bad idea. Some things work the same, others work a bit differently, and others seem not to work at all. This can lead to confusion and frustration. It's like being in a science-fiction parallel universe where traffic lights are orange-yellow-blue instead of red-yellow-green, and Whitcomb Judson and Gideon Sundback never got around to inventing the zipper.
fvwm95 screen shot

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