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
2.3.8 / December 5, 2017; 21 months ago (2017-12-05)
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeWindow manager
LicenseGNU LGPL
Websitemotif.ics.com

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

Overview[edit]

MWM is a lightweight window manager, having robust compliance and configuration of the features it has. MWM first appeared on in the early-1990s, along with the Motif toolkit. MWM supports: Common User Interface (i.e., Alt-Tab is switch windows, a standard), some International support, Common Desktop Environment, X Resource Database (/home/app-defaults/ and runtime), X Session Manager protocol, X Edited Resource Protocol (edit widget data), desktop icons, optional use of images to decorate, and had supported Virtual desktop (removed since 2.1) but now supports non-virtual desktop panning. MWM is a window manager, not a full desktop environment, so it only manages windows; it is expected that configuration, programs, sound, are provided by other programs. A plain text file is parsed to customize menus, user input mappings, management features, and user made functions of the same.

Origins[edit]

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.

Licensing[edit]

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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