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How hard would it be to make my own window manager?
5 projects | /r/linuxquestions | 24 Apr 2022
Suckless desktop starter pack, how to start?
2 projects | /r/suckless | 3 Feb 2022
Then perhaps you should have a look at sowm. It is a fork (if you can still call it that) of dwm that has no tiling support and no bar.
what linux distro is recommended for my slow pc?
2 projects | /r/linux4noobs | 28 Nov 2021
If you are r/linux4noobs then you probably won't be able to get it running but... I managed to get voidlinux with sowm and a custom kernel to 70MB memory usage.
How X Window Managers Work, and How to Write One
14 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 3 Nov 2021
This is a great article and I remember reading it numerous times while I was implementing my own window manager.
For someone interested in working on a really fun and rewarding hobby project a WM is a great one to look into since there are so many resources starting from really small implementations:
Which are great at introducing the concepts and allowing you to grok the required libraries.
There are also a bunch of more full featured window managers which will introduce you to more advanced topics:
Gradually as you get more familiar with the ecosystem a few questions will come up:
Should I use X11 or XCB? - I personally used XCB and didn't find it too difficult to interface with, and there are a large number of implementations which use it (2bwm, bspwm, ratpoison, etc) so you shouldn't have an issue with learning more about it. But the documentation is pretty limited. If you are just wanting to write a toy WM than X11 is perfectly fine.
X or Wayland? - If you're wanting to write your first WM as a hobby project than I would recommend X over wayland just due to the much larger amount of reference material and documentation. You will have a much easier time getting your feet wet. Ignore the comments about X dying as it doesn't really matter for a hobby project, since the whole point is to have fun.
Feel free to check out my window manager which is an example of what just reading this blog post and getting inspired can result in: https://github.com/cfrank/natwm
Wayland or X11 programming for beginners?
3 projects | /r/linux_programming | 13 Jul 2021
An invaluable resource was tinywm, which is an implementation of a window manager in as few lines as possible. Also take a look at the code of sowm which (at a whopping 220 lines) is already usable day to day.
Suckless-esque floating WM
4 projects | /r/suckless | 6 Apr 2021
sowm is a floating window manager which runs at ~250 SLOC, if that's what you're after. The maintainer also developed KISS linux and tools like neofetch... however he's apparently went off grid, so sowm is currently not maintained.4 projects | /r/suckless | 6 Apr 2021
There's SOWM which is a floating WM with like a tenth of DWM's code size. Hard to beat that.
3 projects | /r/unixporn | 1 Mar 2021
A Tool To Show Battery, Time, Volume Info Upon Key Press?
3 projects | /r/linuxquestions | 14 Feb 2021
I like to keep things as simple as possible, so I use a window manager called sowm. I think I will go down the notify-send path. Thank you.
[SOWM] Mate BB8
4 projects | /r/unixporn | 1 Jan 2021
WM: Still rocking SOWM with some tweaks and changes
A note from our sponsor - InfluxDB
www.influxdata.com | 7 Jun 2023
dylanaraps/sowm is an open source project licensed under MIT License which is an OSI approved license.
The primary programming language of sowm is C.