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Re: window manager

Re: window manager

Posted Oct 30, 2003 15:10 UTC (Thu) by jamesh (guest, #1159)
In reply to: window manager by proski
Parent article: A look at Fedora Core 1

So lets see

kwm
Distributed with KDE as the default window manager. Interaction between window manager and desktop specified in the window manager spec, and some KDE specific extensions. Can be replaced with another WM implementing the relevant specs.
metacity
Distributed with Gnome as the default window manager. Interaction between window manager and desktop specified in the window manager spec, and some Gnome specific extensions. Can be replaced with another WM implementing the relevant specs.

What exactly is the difference?


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Re: window manager

Posted Oct 30, 2003 16:59 UTC (Thu) by sideshow (guest, #2791) [Link]

The difference is that the "default" window manager for GNOME has changed in the past (from sawmill/sawfish) and may be different in different distributions (I think someone still ships sawfish as the default). It's worth noting with GNOME rather than KDE because AFAIK noone ships anything other than kwm as the window manager for KDE.

Re: window manager

Posted Oct 31, 2003 5:06 UTC (Fri) by jamesh (guest, #1159) [Link]

Gnome, as distributed from ftp.gnome.org ships with metacity. A third party is free to make modifications to what they distribute, in accordance with the licenses on the various packages. I am simply stating that an unmodified Gnome ships with Metacity, the same way KDE ships with kwm.

Both Gnome and KDE have rewritten and replaced components of their respective desktops over the years. However, the switch to Metacity as the default is not something new for Gnome (it happened in 2.2), or Red Hat/Fedora (they were using Metacity in RH8).


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