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Re: GNUstep & The Window Manager Problem

From: Luis Felipe Strano Moraes
Subject: Re: GNUstep & The Window Manager Problem
Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 14:05:25 -0300
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I believe this would be a good approach, and I would be willing to
help it (even if only be writing documentation).


On Tue, May 25, 2004 at 02:53:56PM +0200, Riccardo Mottola wrote:
> on 5/24/04 11:55 PM, Alex Perez at address@hidden wrote:
> > Anyways, does anyone else here have any comments. My apologies if any of
> > you have found this e-mail incongruous.
> Once in a while I have to agree with you.
> The windowmanager situation here is not good and it worsens the GNUstep
> experience.
> I was talking about this with bheron some nights ago and had the following
> thouhgts.
> - writing a working windowmanager is a difficult task, you interface to X
> often direcly, this is tricky. It requires a lot of work and maintainance on
> different OS's,  X servers etc
> - having GNUstep working on other wm's is nice because it can be handy
> (gnome, KDE, motif-stuff) but for a "true next experience" a dedicated wm is
> still the way to go.
> so I thought that the best medium term solution would be to fork off
> windowmaker. Windowmaker is a quite proven and fast wm and it compiled on
> all the computers I have tried (trust me, a maze...)
> Many of the features they want to add to WM are non-interesting for us, I
> would go in fact to the opposite direction. Remove peice after piece
> features of wmaker and reimplement them in GNUstep (say preferences for
> example) and integrate them better in a "gnsutep desktop environment". This
> permits the removal of some duplicates (like the fiend app top-right) and
> better integration in colors/themes (thing about wmaker/gnustep
> dishomogenity in icons and menu drawing).
> Coupled with a custom gnustep display manager this would be a great leap
> forward without requireing the writing of a new InterfaceWM, even if that
> would be a more "clean" approach.
> _Riccardo
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