[rescue] NeWS

Joshua Boyd jdboyd at jdboyd.net
Sat Jan 21 11:27:19 CST 2006

On Sat, Jan 21, 2006 at 10:34:00AM -0700, Richard wrote:
> In article <20060121154902.GE14927 at widomaker.com>,
>     Charles Shannon Hendrix <shannon at widomaker.com>  writes:
> > KDE and Gnome are only the latest examples of this.
> I thought KDE and Gnome were just window managers.  They supply widget
> sets too?

They aren't window managers.  They may have a recommended window manager
to use with them (like Metacity for GNOME), but they aren't actually
window managers.

Nor are they precisely widget sets either since KDE is built on the Qt
widget set and GNOME is built on the GTK+ widget set.  However, GNOME at
least does offer a lot of GNOME widgets to extend GTK+.

They advertise themselves as desktop environments, offering up bars like
the windows start bar (although GNOME calls it the GNOME panel),
accessory applications, GUI config tools, games, extensions to the
widget set they run on, etc.  Except I think that by now even that is an
excessively simple description of what they do.

Oh yes, and most of all, they support the hardware manufactors by trying
to drive you to upgrade your hardware.

Metacity (the official window manager for GNOME) has less features that
WindowMaker, Sawfish, FVWM, and numerous other window managers.  And yet
somehow it also manages to be slower.

Joshua D. Boyd
jdboyd at jdboyd.net

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