Annotation of wikisrc/projects/project/move-beyond-twm.mdwn, revision 1.3
1.1 dholland 1: [[!template id=project
3: title="Move beyond TWM"
1.3 ! nia 9: done_by="Youri Mouton, Nia Alarie"
1.1 dholland 11: category="desktop"
1.3 ! nia 15:
! 16: ***Update***: This project is completed. ctwm was imported in 2015 by
! 17: Youri, and Nia wrote a reworked config and made in the default in 2020.
1.1 dholland 19: Right now if you install NetBSD with native X11 you get the same
20: default X session that X has shipped forever, complete with TWM. Just
21: like it's 1989.
23: Obviously this behavior can be improved after installation by adding
24: suitable packages and choosing a different window manager, or
25: installing one of the full desktop environments. Veteran NetBSD users
26: know how to do this. Veteran Unix and X users who aren't veteran
27: NetBSD users can figure it out pretty easily. Most such people have an
28: X setup they've been using for years that they can and do just plop
29: into place on a new machine.
31: This project does not affect those users, even the ones who for some
32: crazy reason *want* to use twm. It also does not affect users who just
33: want to install GNOME, KDE, or whatever other desktop.
35: The goal of this project is to provide a less knobby default X
36: environment for users who are willing to run plain X rather than a
37: full desktop but do not have their own X setup.
39: The project is: choose a window manager suitable for replacing twm in
40: base; import it into base; and update the default X config to provide
41: a decent default session using it.
43: Note that it needs to be a mainstream window manager; tiling window
44: managers and other exotica are not really suitable for the purpose. It
45: should also not depend on anything that isn't in base (that is, base
46: with native X), it should be smallish and not a bloatmonster, and
47: ideally it should be BSD-licensed.
49: Based on the window managers in pkgsrc, there are two chief
50: candidates: fluxbox and golem. Each has pluses and minuses. Some of
51: these are:
53: * golem is prettier and fully themeable
54: * golem is written in C, fluxbox in C++
55: * golem is a lot smaller (less than 1/10th the code size)
56: * golem currently needs some work, chiefly on the config system; fluxbox appears to be ready to go
57: * golem is just about dead upstream; fluxbox is not very active but is still getting occasional releases
59: Currently it looks like golem is a better choice, especially since
60: ideally we'd like to pick something that will run decently on
61: older/slower ports. But it requires more work.
63: Note that we could (AFAIK) become upstream for golem; this is not
64: necessarily a bad thing.
66: There might be other possible choices; these two are the ones in
67: pkgsrc that seem viable.
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