Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 67276
switchdesk does not allow for mwm
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:43:27 EDT
Description of Problem:
switchdesk does not take into account the possible choice of mwm, even if the
openmotif package (which supplies mwm) is installed.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Stock Milan beta 2
You mean "twm? eeeeewwwwww", or "Windowmaker? eeeeewwwwww", or "KDE ...."
The point is, switchdesk is supposed to give you the option. As much as we all
don't use twm, it should be and is on the list, as it -is- a valid window
manager option if it was installed. MWM is no different in this regard.
It's switch*desk*, not switchwindowmanager. As such, I'm considering
removing all window managers from the next release, and leaving only
GNOME and KDE, which are desktop environments. Neither twm, mwm,
windowmaker, are desktop environments.
Users can use whatever windowmanager they like by editing .xinitrc
This isn't written in stone yet, but it's trivial compared to more important
work I have on my plate, and I'd rather spend my time doing real work
than arguing with people about crappy window managers.
It isn't really an arguement about "crappy window managers" it is about
consistency. You can't fault someone for wanting a program to consistently deal
with it's tasks. The question here is: does switchdesk list window managers
that Red Hat installs, or does switch list just Desktop Environments that Red
Right now it does neither, and while you should decide with path it should
conform to, fixing it would have to take all of about 10 minutes. In fact, you
can get me off your back by telling me which way you want to go... and I will
supply the patch.
Switchdesk is for switching between the 2 desktops that Red Hat supports,
which are KDE and GNOME. "twm" was present as a legacy fallback, kind of
like a safemode of sorts.
I'd be perfectly happy removing twm from the menu, or even removing
switchdesk entirely. It's somewhat unnecessary nowadays anyway because
users can choose GNOME/KDE from within gdm/kdm already anyway. It isn't
a priority however.
I wont add more wm's to switchdesk however.