The ``window manager'' is the program that puts ``decorations'' (title bars and borders) on your X programs' windows and allows you to move them around, resize them, iconify them, deiconify them, send them to the back or front of the display, and otherwise ``manage'' them. Most modern window managers allow for some degree of customization.
The window managers that ship with Red Hat Linux are:
twm, which is part of the
XFree86package, comes with almost all X Windows distributions, and many people who have used X before will know who to use
fvwmis a free window manager created by Rob Nation; it is designed to use less memory than
twm, and it provides many useful features.
fvwmis widely used by users of Linux.
fvwm are highly configurable, with too many
options and features to list here. See their extensive manual
pages for information on how to configure them. Additionally,
fvwm come with a ``stock'' configuration file
which you can copy to your home directory and modify to suit your
tastes. Here are the locations of these configuration files and
the names you should copy them to:
# for `twm' cp /etc/X11/twm/system.twmrc ~/.twmrc # # or, for `fvwm' cp /etc/X11/fvwm/system.fvwmrc ~/.fvwmrc
For yet more information about
fvwm, see the Fvwm Web Page at