Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 70829
Control panel to switch window managers
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:45:15 EDT
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Description of problem:
The earlier versions of control-center (e.g. the 1.5.x versions) had a separate
rpm called control-center-plus. This held the advanced tab and contained the
ability to change the window manager within gnome. The 2nd public beta of limbo
does not include this package and as yet I have found no way to change the
window manager within gnome. Switchdesk-gnome is not an option. This would set
up a different window manager OUTSIDE of gnome. What i'm looking for is to
change the window manager inside. So instead of sawfish say, I could use
WindowMaker or twm.
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Steps to Reproduce:
Putting the term "window manager" in the GUI isn't really an option.
Changing window managers more or less breaks the user interface from
the standpoint of most users.
The correct way to switch is simple, say to go from metacity to fvwm2:
$ fvwm2 -replace
This is somewhat complicated because some window managers don't support session
management (so you have to add them to the session in gnome-session-properties),
or don't support -replace or --replace (so you have to killall the existing WM).
But it's basically a sane mechanism. Encourage your upstream window manager
maintainer to support SM and -replace/--replace (technical implementation of
-replace is "ICCCM WM_Sn selection" if they ask).