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Sawfish (formerly known as sawmill) is an extensible window manager using a Lisp-based scripting language--all window decorations are configurable and all user-interface policy is controlled through the extension language. This is not just a layer on top of twm, but a wholly new architecture. Since its aim is to manage windows as flexibly as possible, sawfish does not have desktop backgrouds, application docks, or other things that can be added through separate applications.


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Download version 1.3 (stable)
released on 9 April 2003

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GPLv2orlaterMatt Kraai27 October 2000

Leaders and contributors

John Harper Maintainer

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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build imlib
Required to build librep 0.13 or later
Required to build rep-gtk 0.14 or later
Required to build GNU make

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 9 April 2003.


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