fvwm (was: Re: Firefox/Iceweasel's weird close/quit behaviour)
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Hugo Vanwoerkom wrote:
> Joe Hart wrote:
> Chris Bannister wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 06:53:06PM +0100, Joe Hart wrote:
>>>>> One of the things that draws me to KDE is the fact that _almost_
>>>>> everything is configurable (I can't change the foreground text color on
>>>>> the items in the taskbar :( ). Oh well.
>>>> You will love fvwm where everything _is_ configurable. At the
>>>> moment I have gold text on a blue background. A task bar is optional,
>>>> unnecessary with FvwmButtons.
>>>> Do try it. :-)
>>>>  It's a bit of a learning curve, _but_ with power/versatility comes a
>>>> huge manpage :-)
>> I am a fvwm devotee. Absolutely everything is programmable through its
>> .conf file. I have used it for years. Wishes:
>> 1. An app that would show all that fvwm *can* do. Since I have been
>> using the same conf file for years, how do you find what might be
>> possible. Reading that man page is not possible for ordinary humans.
> That's one (fvwm) that I haven't tried. Unless that's comes standard on
> some distro's that I have tried. I'll look into it. Thanks for the tip.
> P.S. Learning Curve? What's that? I've tacked the switch from Windows
> to GNU/Linux, and using the CLI for most of my management instead of
> doing things through a GUI. I also am now running Sid because Etch was
> too stable for me to learn anything from. (If it ain't broke, I can't
> fix it)
>> [OT] Booting linux-image-2.6.18 with a USB disk attached is broke. Would
>> love to fix *that*.
I can't help you with your kernel problem, sorry.
I installed fvwm, and I'm running it in another session, I must say,
without messing with any configuration, it looks quite impressive. It
seems faster than kde, which is a no-brainer since KDE is so demanding
on the resources.
I really like when you move into a window it puts focus on the window
without bringing it to the front. That can be handy for some apps.
This definately bears more investigation. If it is as configurable as
that man page leads to believe (and I have no doubt that it lies), it
could lure a previously happy KDE user to it. My beloved Konqueror runs
on it with no trouble at all, and I imagine that my GTK+ apps will have
One thing that struck me as odd was the location and behavior of the
system tray. For example, I loaded Amarok, which normally sits in the
tray. It appeared as a small button in the upper left corner and showed
in the taskbar. I clicked on the button, Amarok's playlist appeared as
it should, but _another_ task showed in the taskbar (called Amarok <2>)
I can understand this behavior, but I find it a bit odd.
Overall, it looks quite polished and will play around with it for a
while. I like the default colors, so I won't have to mess with those
for a while.
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