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An experimental 3D X desktop

Metisse is an experimental X desktop with some OpenGL capacity. It consists of a virtual X server called Xwnc, a special version of FVWM, and a FVWM module FvwmAmetista. Xwnc is a mix of Xvnc and XDarwin. It draws nothing on your screen; everything is drawn into pixmaps. Similarly to Xvnc, but with a different protocol, Xwnc can send these pixmaps (and other information) to a "viewer";. FvwmAmetista is such a viewer; it uses OpenGL for rendering the X desktop into a window of a "regular" 3D accelerated X server.


Build documentation at, Build documentation for the server at, User guide at


Download version 0.4.1 (stable)
released on 9 December 2008



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License:GPLv2orlaterTed Teah25 January 2007

Leaders and contributors

Olivier Chapuis Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 1 March 2017.


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