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Re: Bug#678815: ITP: wmfs -- Window Manager From Scratch



On Sun, 24 Jun 2012 18:02:56 +0200
Mickaël Raybaud-Roig <raybaudroigm@gmail.com> wrote:

> Thomas Koch <thomas@koch.ro> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I shortened the list to only include one line for each window manager already 
> > in Debian:
> > 
> > axi-cache --all search x11::window-manager
> > 100% 9wm - emulation of the Plan 9 window manager 8-1/2
> > 100% aewm - minimalist window manager for X11
> > 100% aewm++ - minimal window manager written in C++
> > 100% afterstep - window manager with the NEXTSTEP look and feel
> > 100% blackbox - Window manager for X
> > 100% bluetile - full-featured tiling for the GNOME desktop environment
> > 100% dwm - dynamic window manager
> > 100% evilwm - a minimalist window manager for X11
> > 100% fluxbox - Highly configurable and low resource X11 Window manager
> > 100% flwm - Fast Light Window Manager
> > 100% fvwm - F(?) Virtual Window Manager
> > 100% i3-wm - improved dynamic tiling window manager
> > 100% icewm - wonderful Win95-OS/2-Motif-like window manager
> > 100% jwm - very small lightweight pure X11 window manager with tray and menus
> > 100% kde-window-manager - K window manager (KWin)
> > 100% larswm - Lars Window Manager with tiled windows
> > 100% lwm - lightweight window manager
> > 100% matchbox-window-manager - window manager for resource-limited systems
> > 100% metacity - lightweight GTK+ window manager
> > 100% miwm - minimalist window manager with virtual workspaces
> > 100% mutter - lightweight GTK+ window manager
> > 100% openbox - standards compliant, fast, light-weight, extensible window 
> > manager
> > 100% oroborus - A lightweight themeable windowmanager for X
> > 100% pekwm - very light window manager
> > 100% ratpoison - keyboard-only window manager
> > 100% sapphire - A minimal but configurable X11R6 window manager
> > 100% stumpwm - tiling, keyboard driven Common Lisp window manager
> > 100% tinywm - tiny window manager
> > 100% twm - Tab window manager
> > 100% vtwm - Virtual Tab Window Manager
> > 100% w9wm - enhanced window manager based on 9wm
> > 100% windowlab - small and simple Amiga-like window manager
> > 100% wm2 - small, unconfigurable window manager
> > 100% wmaker - NeXTSTEP-like window manager for X
> > 100% wmii - lightweight tabbed and tiled X11 window manager, version 3
> > 100% xfwm4 - window manager of the Xfce project
> > 100% xmonad - Lightweight X11 window manager written in Haskell
> > 100% e17 - Enlightenment DR17 Window Manager
> > 100% olvwm - OpenLook virtual window manager
> > 100% olwm - Open Look Window Manager
> > 100% herbstluftwm - manual tiling window manager for X11
> 
> You're right, there are already a lot of X11 window managers in Debian ...
> 
> But WMFS is not already in the list and it works fine, that's why I want to package it :-)

That is no reason for it to be in Debian.

Debian is not a dumping ground for every piece of free software just
because it "works fine".

Do the hard work of objectively identifying *all* of the pros and cons
of *all* the existing equivalents inside Debian already, compare those
with the pros and cons of yours and if there's any time left before
the heat death of the universe, maybe it can be considered.
 
> PS: i've uploaded a package here: http://mentors.debian.net/package/wmfs

That is no reason for it to be uploaded either.

There is no good reason for any new window managers in Debian. There
are good reasons to look at removing at least 10% of the ones which are
in Debian.

Doing that comparative analysis would be a good start for identifying
which can be removed - now *that* would be doing something useful for
Debian. This bug is *not* useful to anyone. Please close it and find an
RC bug to close instead.

-- 


Neil Williams
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