IceWM

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Developer(s)Marko Maček
Initial release1997; 27 years ago (1997)
Stable release
3.4.5[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 28 December 2023
Repository
Written inC++
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeWindow manager
License1998: LGPL-2.0-only[a]
1997: GPL-2.0-only[b]
Websiteice-wm.org

IceWM is a stacking window manager for the X Window System, originally written by Marko Maček. It was written from scratch in C++ and is released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License.[4] It is customizable, 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.[4]

IceWM can be configured from plain text files[4] 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[4] and the menu are also available.

Usage[edit]

IceWM is installed as the default window manager for Absolute Linux, AntiX and Legacy OS.

The Easy mode default desktop of the Asus Eee PC uses IceWM.[5] [6]

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.[7]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ LGPL-2.0-only since 1998, version 0.9.13.[2]
  2. ^ GPL-2.0-only from 1997-07-14 until 1998, version 0.9.12.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Release icewm-3.4.5". 28 December 2023. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  2. ^ "icewm_0.9.15.orig.tar.gz".
  3. ^ "icewm-0.8.9.src.tar.gz".
  4. ^ a b c d Saunders, Mike (March 2008). "Lightweight window managers". Linux Format. UK: Future Publishing (103).
  5. ^ Paul, Ryan (14 November 2007). "Eeextremely Eeenticing: a review of the Asus Eee PC". Ars Technica. Retrieved 16 June 2008.
  6. ^ Lawrence, Bill (14 October 2008). "Customizing Easy Mode in the Asus Eee PC | What Is a Window Manager? | InformIT". www.informit.com. Retrieved 26 October 2022.
  7. ^ Sei, Mark (9 November 2016). "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server gains Raspberry Pi 3 support". Marksei.com. Retrieved 26 October 2022.

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