Waimea (window manager)


Waimea (window manager)

In Unix computing, Waimea is a light-weight window manager for the X Window System, designed somewhat in the vein of Blackbox. It borrows some image code from Blackbox, however it is not a fork of Blackbox.

From the homepage [http://www.freedesktop.org/Software/waimea] :

:"The design goal for waimea is to create the most efficient desktop working environment available. To achieve this waimea is a fast and highly customizable virtual multiple desktop window manager. It has a very advanced style engine with features like blackbox style support, pixmap style support and transparent textures. Text can be rendered double buffered using both X core fonts and Xft fonts. Waimea also includes a fast lightweight menu system with dynamic menus support. The built in action configuration system makes waimea the most configurable window manager available. It allows the user to set up waimea to behave as any other window manager or in new ways never before possible."

Features

* Virtual desktop
* Multiple desktops
* Blackbox image rendering engine (blackbox style support)
* Pixmap styles
* Translucent textures using Xrender extension
* Action Configuration System
* Advanced Menu System (with dynamic menus support)
* Standard X core fonts
* Xft fonts (anti-aliased fonts)
* Double buffered text
* Dockapp handler system
* Task switcher
* Configurable titlebar buttons
* KDE 3/GNOME 2 support

Waimea development apparently ceased in late 2002, and its website eventually disappeared. Its development revived in 2004, and there is presently a homepage [http://www.freedesktop.org/Software/waimea] at freedesktop.org as well as a note at its former sourceforge page [http://waimea.sourceforge.net] regarding new developments. The new Waimea uses Cairo and SVG for graphics rendering, and XML for configuration files.

The Kahakai project is a now dead fork of Waimea which provided Python scriptability.

External links

* [http://www.freedesktop.org/Software/waimea Official website]


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