Xfwm4 window manager

I'm currently using Xfwm4 in Woof, I really like it. Very fast,nice GUI config.

Xfwm4 is part of Xfce, and I'm thinking of using more of Xfce. Next thing, I'll try the panel.

What I'm doing though, is keeping Rox-Filer for the desktop.

I think forum member gray and his NOP Puppy uses Xfce, but also the Xfce desktop module, no Rox-Filer.


Posted on 11 Dec 2008, 15:33


Comments:

Posted on 11 Dec 2008, 15:55 by lobster
Xfce rox
When xfce came out - it was simple, classy and efficient. I liked it - I think Thunar was the file manager - Rox is better, faster, more options, in my opinion.

This is a welcome surprise. The xfce panel is very good. Obvious. I like obvious. Gray has produced one of the most stable bases, which led to WNOP and Tigerpup (not tried Ripple yet)- because xfce is the simplest basis for compiz and GL support.

Compiz might be a step too far for Woof? I hope not. The KDE used by the latest Ubuntu has some (the most useful) elements of Compiz.




Posted on 11 Dec 2008, 18:33 by disciple
xfwm and panel
Lobster - Out of curiosity why would you use compiz instead of xfwm, which has compositing and stuff anyway?

Barry - the great thing about xfwm and the xfce panel is that they correctly handle things like utility windows (used for example in the gimp 2.6). Has anybody come across any lightweight alternatives that also do?
The bad thing is that by the time you use a few essential panel plugins they use even more ram than Openbox+lxpanel, even if you run them without the mcs settings thing. And I didn't have much luck trying to find out how to configure them without the mcs settings thing :(


Posted on 11 Dec 2008, 20:18 by lobster
Xfce rox
Lobster - Out of curiosity why would you use compiz instead of xfwm, which has compositing and stuff anyway?

It is an emotional thing - sometimes I like a bit of she bang she bang, a bit of OS fireworks - that's all : 0


Posted on 11 Dec 2008, 23:07 by Sage
Xfce
Sliced bread by any other name. Even mere users can manhandle it.
How did it take so long to arrive at it when eg gray got a head-start a year ago?!
Let's hope Woof will shutdown on all chipsets, recognise and boot from all drive IF s (not mentioning any types in particular!), and not nip my fingertips with the latest Pmount/Unmount CD/DVD drive feature.


Posted on 12 Dec 2008, 23:47 by magerlab
xfce4panel
xfc4epanel is the best chioce i think
especially with applets like genmon( generic monitor) that can be used for many things
but not all of them work in puppy( such as xxkb applet)

lxpanel also is good but i do not autohide...


Posted on 12 Dec 2008, 24:44 by boscobearbank
lxpanel
Neither is ideal, but lxpanel works better for me. Even on my Acer Aspire One, I like two panels on my desktop, one on the bottom and one on the right. With the xfce panel in this configuration, the active panel covers the inactive panel in the lower right corner. lxpanel allows panels of arbitrary length (by % or pixels), thus this problem can be avoided.


Posted on 13 Dec 2008, 13:22 by disciple
panel
IMO if you use xfwm you might as well use the xfce panel as well, as lxpanel doesn't handle utility windows and stuff properly. It is best to have matching levels of standards compliance or noncompliance in your WM and your panel :)


Posted on 14 Dec 2008, 10:52 by ttuuxxx
xfwm4
I always liked icewm over xfce,JWM but I had a look at xfwm4 theming properties and well I haven't tried it but as possible themes go, This looks just as good as icewm :)
http://www.xfce.org/xfwm4-theme-howto/
I wonder if its as easy to configure the settings?
Like IceWM has about 200 different settings.
anyways Its way better than JWM due to the fact it uses xpm images and you can theme 100% of the window viewing area with animated xpm images.
ttuuxxx


Posted on 14 Dec 2008, 10:57 by ttuuxxx
lxpanel vs Icewm panel
Hi guys again, lxpanel was based on icewm panel with something like 1000 lines of code added/changed, In my vast travels on the net I've seen in the past just an icewm panel by iteslf, I actually think its a way of configuring icewm, this could also be a lite weight alternative also. I'll see what i can come up with :)
ttuuxxx


Posted on 15 Dec 2008, 10:29 by MU
lxpanel
ttuuxxx, are you certain it was Icewm?

As far as I know, lxpanel is based on fbpanel.



lxpanel is based on Gtk2, while Icewm uses an own library.

Lxpanel is plain C, Icewm C++.

So I would wonder, if lxpanel is based on icewm.

Mark


Posted on 16 Dec 2008, 23:41 by ttuuxxx
:)
Well I read somewhere Around 6 months back that LXDE was based on icewm with 1000 lines of code change, I tried to find the write up but couldn't locate it. ttuuxxx



Posted on 16 Dec 2008, 23:41 by ttuuxxx
:)
Well I read somewhere Around 6 months back that LXDE was based on icewm with 1000 lines of code change, I tried to find the write up but couldn't locate it. ttuuxxx