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FVWM-Crystal default setup
|Stable release||3.3.2 / February 21, 2014|
|Preview release||3.2.7 / September 5, 2013|
|Written in||Python, Unix shell|
|Type||A Configuration, a theme, a desktop manager and further adds, altogether forming a 'construction kit' for building up a desktop environment|
|License||GNU General Public License|
FVWM-Crystal is a theme framework for the FVWM window manager. It uses GUI tools to edit the look of windows, instead of the use of editing a text file in FVWM. It creates a desktop environment using FVWM as its window manager and main core.
It features flexible window decorations, and a file manager may be optionally used to display desktop icons; ROX-Filer, Thunar and Nautilus are supported for this task. FVWM-Crystal offers user interface integration for some terminal emulators like xterm, aterm and rxvt-unicode, for a tray system such as stalonetray or trayer-srg, for various music players - among them Audacious, MPD, Quod Libet, XMMS and XMMS2 - and for the video/audio player MPlayer, to the point where it can control these components. FVWM-Crystal makes use of semi-transparency. Almost everything on the default desktop is semi-transparent. By additionally installing a utility program such as transset-df the semi-transparency can be switched on or off via pressing a determinated key of the keyboard, according to user's demands.
There is also a menu system that has an extensive default configuration but may be customized and extended by each user to fit personal requirements.
The deep-level configuration of the resulting desktop environment is predominantly achieved via Python scripts.
Chief developers of FVWM-Crystal are Maciej Delmanowski and Dominique Michel.