There is an enormous variety of window managers for the X Window
System. A good index of window managers and desktop enviroments under
the X Window System can be found at
gnome (http://www.gnome.org/) is a Desktop and Session
Manager. metacity is a Window Manager. kde
(http://www.kde.org/) is a gnome alternative and
windowmaker and enlightenment and
sawfish are alternatives to metacity.
Both gnome and kde provide a desktop environment
and an application development framework. A desktop environment
usually consists of a window manager, task bar, and perhaps a file
manager and documentation browser. A development framework provides
libraries and a GUI toolkit for application development.
Applications like windowmaker, and enlightenment
are desktop environments which tend not to provide development
frameworks. They do, however, tend to provide session management.
While you can use these with desktop environments like gnome
and kde their functionality sometimes overlap, and may
provides a simple and very small desktop
requiring minimal resources but providing a sufficient feature set for
the genral user. XFCE
is actually based on the
GTK+ toolkit as is the Gnome desktop.
For Gnome the default window manager is called metacity.
- Alt-LMB will move a window around.
- Alt-LMB for a maximised window will un-maximise the
window and move it around. Move the window back to the top of the
screen and it gets re-maximised!
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