Window Maker is a window manager (WM) for the X Window System. It is designed to emulate the NeXT user interface as an OpenStep-compatible environment, and is characterized by low memory demands and high flexibility. As one of the lighter WMs, it is well suited for machines with modest performance specifications.
The latest official release can be found in the
windowmaker package. Since the official release is quite old, another package with many bug fixes and small updates has been made, called
To install Window Maker:
pacman -S windowmaker-crm-git
Once installed create or edit the file Template:Filename as follows:
exec ck-launch-session wmaker
Before starting Window Maker, take some time to setup GNUstep and the default Window Maker settings. Create a directory for your Window Maker settings. Traditionally, it is in Template:Filename.
GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT variable to your GNUstep settings directory. You can set this variable in a file such as Template:Filename.
Run the Window Maker settings installation program to setup the default settings.
To start Window Maker:
All of the settings for Window Maker can be found in the
GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT directory, under Template:Filename and Template:Filename. They are saved as simple text files. You can use the
Preferences Tool (Template:Filename) GUI application to change the settings, or edit them by hand.
Applications don't always start
Sometimes an application, such as Firefox or Thunderbird, will start, and other times it will fail and no window will appear. If you are using the regular
windowmaker, try using the
windowmaker-crm-git package instead.