Sunday, October 1, 2006 10:17:01 AM
For years I was a big fan of the xftree file manager from the xfce project, however it went through a dramatic metamorphosis between the 3.x and 4.x branches. While it was still a nice piece of software, it no longer suited me and unfortunately development on the 3.x branch gradually stagnated. I still used it for a long time, and maintained a few patches for bugs I had run across over the years.
About 18 months ago I ran across SystemG
, an awesome graphical file manager. It was simple, well designed and powerful. Just one problem, it was proprietary, making me feel a little guilty using it. I just noticed today that the awesome guys at newplanet software
have released SystemG and the underlying JX application framework under free software compatible licenses, this is excellent news! I'll begin packaging their software into portage later today, and hopefully expose a few more users to this excellent (and free!) file manager.
(oh, and from the online documentation it sounds like the developers are fvwm users as well!
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 10:05:21 AM
I'm about to request arch teams mark fvwm 2.5.16 stable, it's been in portage for some time now and I've received very few bugs about it.
I'm a big fan of fvwm, every facet of it is highly configurable and it's powerful enough to replicate practically any feature from any other window manager, I cant understand why anyone uses anything else
I have a screenshot of my fvwm desktop here
. The panels are all made using FvwmButtons, a powerful fvwm module that can be used to create arbitrary desktop panels, I wrote a tutorial to get started creating simple panels using FvwmButtons on the forums here
There are some older screenshots here
, and a video I made a couple of years ago using x11-misc/xvidcap here