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Re: GNUStep Window Manager

From: Chris B. Vetter
Subject: Re: GNUStep Window Manager
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 19:26:07 -0700

On Wed, 22 Oct 2003 10:09:31 +0800
"Rogelio M.Serrano Jr." <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Now, if you're referring to AfterStep Classic -- that one would have
> > been a good foundation to build a GNUstep-aware window manager on. 
> > IIRC,
> > Widow err Window Maker was originally based on AfterStep Classic...
> > 'nuff said
> Where do we get afterstep classic? Im thinking of using that so i 
> could become more familiar with how window managers work. I tried 
> hacking windowmaker but i gave up.

There used to be a port on FreeBSD for AfterStep Classis, but it was
removed a while ago. You might still get a copy from

However, Classic could probably be considered horribly broken, as it
doesn't/didn't really support GNUstep, or Xinerama. Plus,
configuration was a mess -- even worse than the current AfterStep.

Keep in mind that it's about 10 years old now...

> My impression was that the ideal desktop is to use a gworkspace on a 
> minimal window manager so it will be easy to write an integrated 
> window manager in gnustep backend.

In that case, I'd rather take a look at wm2 or wmx as those two are real
minimal window managers, plus they are written in C++ so a transition to
Objective-C would probably be easier. Those two can be found on 
http://www.all-day-breakfast.com/wm2/ and http://www.42.org/~sec/wmx/


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