I mentioned dvtm a day ago, extolling its amazing wonderfulness as a sort of tiling window manager for the console. At the same time I installed dvtm I also installed Windowmaker because I found a cool tutorial about making Windowmaker into something usable, and not quite so … gecch.
Windowmaker has always been the redheaded step-child of my Linux desktop experience. I’ve dabbled in a lot of other WMs — Openbox will always be my favorite; Fluxbox is okay, but somehow too over-the-top; FVWM held my interest for a while, when I found the Crystal version; and so forth — but Windowmaker has the ignominous label of being the one that was just too … unusual to grab my interest long enough to figure out how to make it look good.
Which is a shame, I guess. Some of the screenshots in the tutorial seem to transplant it out of 1995 and fast-forward it about 15 years and make it fairly attractive, especially to someone like me, who seems somehow obsessed with the obscure, lightweight side of the fence. And considering my personal experiences with old Sun machines and early desktop systems, 20-plus years ago, I should really pursue that one a little harder.
But the sad fact is, dvtm has captured my imagination now, and that means once again, Windowmaker seems to be sidelined. I spent an hour or so last night scraping the Intarnets for the kernel boot line code for a 16-bit, 1600×1200 framebuffer (it’s 0×346, if you’re wondering) just so I could get a screenshot with fbgrab. It’s sad, but the prospect of building a clean and attractive Windowmaker desktop isn’t as exciting as slimming down my Arch system to duck under 20Mb with dvtm.
And this is what it looks like, although I didn’t quite tuck under that 20Mb number I wanted. 23Mb is sufficient.