Motif Window Manager

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Motif Window Manager
Debian Motif MWM Default.png
MWM running on Debian GNU/Linux
Developer(s) The Open Group
Stable release 2.3.4 / October 23, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-10-23)
Operating system Unix-like
Type Window manager
License GNU LGPL

In computing, the Motif Window Manager (MWM) is an X window manager based on the Motif toolkit.


MWM is a lightweight and, by today's standards, extremely minimalist window manager; for example, it lacks support for virtual desktops. A plain text file is used to generate a root menu that the user can customize. Another plain text file controls the colors of MWM's GUI but little else.


Motif and MWM were created by the Open Software Foundation (Motif was sometimes even called "OSF/Motif") but is nowadays owned by The Open Group.


Originally, MWM and Motif could only be purchased. The same software was also available as OpenMotif, though not on properly open source or free software terms. In late 2012, Motif and MWM were released under the LGPL as free software.

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