Sawfish (window manager)
Screenshot of Sawfish
|Developer(s)||John Harper (retired), Janek Kozicki (2007), Chritopher Brantusek, Sawfish community|
|Initial release||January 1, 2000|
|Stable release||1.10 (September 25, 2013[±])|
|Preview release||1.10.99 (August 24, 2014[±])|
|Written in||C, Lisp|
|Operating system||GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Unix, Mac OS X|
Sawfish is a window manager for the X Window System. Its aim is simply to manage windows in the most flexible and attractive manner possible. It has a GUI with which many kinds of configuration can be done. For example,
- It can automatically alter a particular window's position, behavior and appearance.
- Bind keys.
Distinctively, Sawfish uses a Lisp-like scripting language, rep, for all of its code, making it particularly easy to customize, or program many kinds of behavior, responding to window creation, deletion, or any other changes. It can translate keyboard inputs to windows altogether, overcoming unconfigurable applications.
Sawfish was first called Sawmill. The name was changed because another software program had the same name. It was the standard window manager of the GNOME desktop environment until it was replaced by Metacity in Gnome 2.2.
The development had stopped, but the community restarted it in 2007.
- CLFSWM, a tiling window manager in Common Lisp.
- StumpWM, influenced CLFSWM.
- xwem, a window manager "based" on Emacs (an ELisp module for being run by XEmacs. Development stopped in 2003.).
- Official website
- "Comparison of extensible window managers", Sawfish (Wiki), Wikia — comparison of Sawfish, Awesome, Xmonad, StumpWM, and Qtile.
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