IceWM

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IceWM
IceWM Logo.png
IceWM with Xeyes.png
IceWM with Xeyes on Debian Buster
Developer(s)Marko Maček
Initial release1997; 25 years ago (1997)
Stable release
2.9.5 / January 20, 2022; 2 days ago (2022-01-20)[1]
Repository
Written inC++
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeWindow manager
LicenseGNU LGPL
Websiteice-wm.org

IceWM is a stacking window manager for the X Window System graphical infrastructure, written by Marko Maček. It was written from scratch in C++ and is released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License.[2] It is relatively lightweight in terms of memory and CPU usage, and comes with themes that allow it to imitate the GUI of Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows 7, OS/2, Motif, and other graphical user interfaces.[2] IceWM is meant to excel in look and feel while being lightweight and customizable.

IceWM can be configured from plain text files[2] stored in a user's home directory, making it easy to customize and copy settings. IceWM has an optional, built-in taskbar with a dynamic start menu, tasks display, system tray, network and CPU meters, mail check and configurable clock. It features a task list window and an Alt+Tab task switcher. Official support for GNOME and KDE menus used to be available as a separate package. In recent IceWM versions, support for them is built-in as well. External graphical programs for editing the configuration[2] and the menu are also available.

Usage[edit]

IceWM is installed as the main Window Manager for Absolute Linux, Antix and the light version of VectorLinux.

The Easy mode default desktop of the Asus Eee PC uses IceWM.[3]

openSUSE for Raspberry Pi uses IceWM by default as a lightweight GUI. The Raspberry Pi 3 only version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server also uses IceWM.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Github releases
  2. ^ a b c d Saunders, Mike (March 2008). "Lightweight window managers". Linux Format. UK: Future Publishing (103).
  3. ^ Paul, Ryan (14 November 2007). "Eeextremely Eeenticing: a review of the Asus Eee PC". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  4. ^ "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server gains Raspberry Pi 3 support". 9 November 2016.

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