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Virtual desktop window manager

FVWM is an extremely powerful ICCCM-compliant multiple virtual desktop window manager for the X Window system.

Originally (long time ago) derived from twm. FVWM is intended to have a small memory footprint and a rich feature set, be extremely customizable and extendable. It is highly extensible through its module interface.

This 2.6 version includes new features like full support of the EWMH (Extended Window Manager Hints) specification, internationalization, improved window decoration code (no flickering anymore), bi-directional asian text support, FreeType font support (antialiasing), image rendering, Perl based module library, support for PNG images, side titles and much more.


User manpages available in HTML format from http://www.fvwm.org/documentation/manpages/; User FAQ included in the distribution


Download version 2.6.5 (stable)
released on 20 April 2012

VCS Checkout

cvs -d :pserver:anonymous@cvs.fvwm.org:/home/cvs/fvwm checkout -r branch-2_6 fvwm


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License: gpl-2

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Leaders and contributors

Dominik Vogt Maintainer
Brady Montz; see the AUTHORS file in the distribution for a complete list Contributor
Charles Hines Contributor
Robert Nation Contributor

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug reportsE-mailmailto:fvwm-workers@fvwm.org
Help, supportE-mailmailto:fvwm@fvwm.org
DeveloperVCS Repository Webviewhttp://www.fvwm.org/documentation/dev_cvs.php

Software prerequisites

Required to buildautoconf
Required to buildautomake

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 3 October 2015.


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