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Bug#155680: PROPOSAL ] bump priority of window managers whic

On 06-Aug-2002 Colin Walters wrote:
> [ no need to CC me, I read -policy ]
> On Tue, 2002-08-06 at 15:55, Sean 'Shaleh' Perry wrote:
>> I think the real thing to say is GNOME, KDE, etc should not ask for
>> x-window-manager but netwm-window-manager.
> That is another, equally valid alternative¹.  I don't have a strong
> opinion about which is better.  If you or others think that
> netwm-window-manager is much better, then I'll accept it.  However, your
> version doesn't yet have a patch...

Because it is a pseudo counter proposal.

Your proposal is based on the assumption that:


and that obviously netwm should take precedence.  But netwm support is only
really useful if the user is using other netwm apps.  At the moment (and I do
not really see this changing) this means GNOME, KDE, and other desktop

So I see no reason for metacity or kwin to jump to the head of the pack unless
a netwm compliant environment is needed.

I also see most wms moving towards netwm.  The only ones not heading that way
are dead/dormant (twm) or those which are run by coders who choose not to
support their users running GNOME/KDE/whatever apps.

Also note that netwm is for the most part a layer on ICCCM so it is reasonable
to ignore netwm for most apps.  Things that will break are desktop icons,
pagers, and panels.

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