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Founded2002; 17 years ago (2002)
FounderAnselm R. Garbe[1]
FocusFree software
Productsdwm, st, surf, and other tools is a community of programmers working on minimalist free software projects with a focus on simplicity, clarity, and frugality. The group developed dwm and wmii window managers, surf,[2] tabbed, and other programs that are said to adhere strictly to the UNIX philosophy of "doing one thing and doing it well."[3]


The suckless community was founded by Anselm R. Garbe from Germany in 2002.[citation needed] He became a vocal proponent of the suckless philosophy, saying that "a lot [of what] went wrong in the IT industry recently [...] be recognised in order to rethink the common practice, and perhaps to think about the time when Moore's law stops being a valid assumption."[1] The suckless manifesto deplores the common tendency for "complex, error-prone and slow software [that] seems to be prevalent in the present-day software industry", and argues that a programmer's performance should not be measured by the number of lines of code he writes.[4]

In 2007, Garbe called for the need for a "Plan 9 lover's and C hacker ubuntu" which comes packed with dwm/wmii and all necessary tools for developing C code and suggested calling it 9ubuntu.[5] Suckless later developed stali (static Linux), an operating system with statically linked executables that adheres to the suckless principles.[6]

The development team follows the New Jersey style of "Worse is better" and adheres to the KISS principle ("Keep it simple, stupid").[7]

Notable projects[edit]

  • dwm – window manager
  • dmenu – keyboard-driven menu utility
  • ii – IRC client
  • sbase - UNIX core utilities
  • surf – web browser
  • wmii – window manager
  • st - lightweight, 256color-enabled (with 24bit colour support) terminal emulator
  • stali - static linux distribution

Connections with neo-Nazi movements[edit]

In September 2017, less than one month after the Charlottesville Massacre in which neo-Nazis marched with tiki torches, the Conference featured a tiki torch-lit march [8]. Conference organizers described the march as a reaction to "SJWs" [9], a term violent extremist groups use to refer to antifascists.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Woehr, Jack (6 August 2009). "Conversation with Anselm R. Garbe of". Dr. Dobb's. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Приложения от сообщества". (in Russian). 3 July 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  3. ^ Kopta, Martin (2 December 2013). "Suckless: méně smradlavý software". (in Czech). Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Philosophy". Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  5. ^ Garbe, Anselm R. (14 March 2007). "[dwm] 9ubuntu?". Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  6. ^ Garbe, Anselm R. "stali – static linux" (PDF). LinuxTag. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  7. ^ Schnalke, Markus (14 August 2008). "" (PDF). – software that sucks less. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
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