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Window Maker 0.95.8 released
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-03-14 19:30:48

Window Maker 0.95.8 has been released. It contains a number of changes related to window snapping and quite a number of other changes for what is supposedly a point release.

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Comment by mlankton
By mlankton on 2017-03-14 20:32:33
I submitted the GTK style for WM, what seems like a lifetime ago. I actually like the LiveCD distro. Good to see it still around, but at the same time it saddens me that the dream of a NeXT desktop in X never really came to fruition.

So much work to keep Amiga alive, and yet the appscape there is absolutely barren. NeXT was rich and remains to this day the best user environment ever. If I had a modern web browser for OPENSTEP 4.2 I'd still be using it :)
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This makes me happy
By p13. on 2017-03-14 20:49:47
It just does.
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RE: Comment by mlankton
By leech on 2017-03-14 22:18:44
I used to love WM. In fact at one point I had replaced the Explorer shell in windows woth Afterstep because I liked it so much.

Do yhey have a Netsurf port for the NeXT? That seems to be the go to modern browser for m68k family of systems these days. Though sadly it sounds like they are dropping the Atari build, but the Amiga one is still alive.
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Glad to see this is still moving forward
By gsyoungblood on 2017-03-14 22:22:10
Nice to see this.

It's been a while, this used to be my desktop on Linux. Then I transitioned to OpenSolaris and then Mac in order to have stable environments for my work.

Very nice. Given the downward quality of Mac, i'm sorry macOS now, I might just dust off an old machine and give this a whirl again.
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Still use this daily
By bnolsen on 2017-03-14 22:29:56
I still use windowmaker as a daily driver on my development desktop. Light and fast and doesn't get in the way! Not so great for laptops as I don't think there are very many dockapps being developed nowadays...if I'm wrong about that please post about things like power managers, etc....

Edited 2017-03-14 22:30 UTC
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wmaker == solid ground
By mojmir on 2017-03-15 06:06:53
i consider wmaker being *the* basic window manager. of course you can go lower (twm, fvwm etc) but it's hardly more comfortable than running x without wm at all.

wmaker can be used on its own for longer period, it does what it does and not more. i always liked that.

from many other wm's i tried, i liked the possibility of tcp connect to window manager and send script commands from command line (speaking of sawfish/sawmill).
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Updated in T2
By rener on 2017-03-15 09:50:56
Hey,
thanks for the note, did not realize we missed the last updates, so I quickly updated it the t2sde:
https://t2-project.org/packages/w...
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RE: wmaker == solid ground
By joekiser on 2017-03-15 11:08:52
> i consider wmaker being *the* basic window manager. of course you can go lower (twm, fvwm etc) but it's hardly more comfortable than running x without wm at all.

wmaker can be used on its own for longer period, it does what it does and not more. i always liked that.


It's probably the most accessible of the old guard 90's window managers. Out of the box Window Maker gives you Aero snap, and hovering over iconified programs, gives you a preview of the application window. Configuration can be done completely by GUI, and the window manager itself can be driven with a keyboard.

I also think it is the best looking (or least archaic) of the old guard window managers. About 6-7 years ago, I pushed a theme to box-look that I made in an hour on my 1024x768 Thinkpad. It still looks nice today with GTK3 apps on my 2560x1440 Dell display.

http://i.imgur.com/L03gNgS.png is a few month old screenshot. I still think it blends well with modern Adwaita/Breeze themed apps.
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RE: Glad to see this is still moving forward
By kurkosdr on 2017-03-15 12:49:57
> Then I transitioned to OpenSolaris and then Mac in order to have stable environments for my work.

Shamelessly hijacking the thread because I cannot help not asking: Do you get good OpenGL GPU acceleration on OpenSolaris? Which GPU and driver combination?
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RE: wmaker == solid ground
By Doc Pain on 2017-03-15 12:52:15
> wmaker can be used on its own for longer period, it does what it does and not more. i always liked that.

For me, its main advantage is that the window manager (which is not a desktop environment!) does what it says on the box: it manages windows, and WindowMaker manages them in a way that I do not have to do it. That's why I'm still using it on my primary machines: it "stays out of the way" and is so transparent in its usage that I don't really recognize when I'm actually dealing with it, which leads to an excellent workflow.

Additionally, it's worth mentioning that WindowMaker has an excellent integration of prgrammable keyboards. Additional keys can be used to run programs or to change windows (roll up, shuffle up/down, "undisplay", maximize etc.) simply by pointing into a window and pressing the correspoding key on the keyboard. With a Sun Type 7 USB keyboard (or a Boscom 5250) with its 2x5 keypad on the left it's really easy and comfortable. Those features are super-easy to configure and do not require any stupid bloatware. :-)
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