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Desktop environments

Lightweight desktop environments

Window managers

Compositing window managers



A window manager is software that controls the placement and appearance of application windows under the X Window System, a graphical user interface on Unix systems that enables a user to interact with a number of application programs simultaneously. Each one typically has its own independent window, and when a window manager is available, interaction between the X server and its clients is redirected through the window manager.

The X Window System allows the user to choose between various third-party window managers. Window managers differ from one another in several ways, including:

Window managers

A listing of window managers and how to configure them. list is of window managers that are not simple to get going or are not simple to configure and possibly those that have advanced options you may wish to consider. If you are not sure what to pick check out the Screenshots.

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