41. Choosing a X window manager
Introduction to FreeBSD
41.1.  twm
41.2.  fvwm
41.3.  fvwm95
41.4.  enlightenment
41.5.  windowmaker
41.6.  kde

Before running X you need to choose which Window Manager you want to use. If you don't select a window manager, twm will be automatically started for you. You choose which Window Manager you want in the file .xinitrc or .xsession as outlined in the previous section. If it doesn't exist, you will need to create it.

Here is a copy of my .xinitrc file.

setenv KDEDIR /usr/local
#color_xterm -geometry 80x24+0+0 &
#color_xterm -geometry 80x23+-1+341 &
#color_xterm -geometry 85x24+492+1 -ls &

I currently have kde selected as my window manager, I have three other window managers commented out. You can only specify one window manager at a time.

41.1.   twm

This window manager is setup by default. Its not very user friendly and has no support for virtual desktops.

41.2.   fvwm

fvwm has nine virtual desktops and a Windows 3.1 look and feel. Novell 5 Currently uses a version of fvwm as their window manager for their server console.

After fvwm is installed, all you need to do is add fvwm to your .xinitrc or .xsession file.

41.3.   fvwm95

Looks like Windows 95 with all the fvwm toolbars. Very stable and has nine virt ual desktops. It requires its own configuration file, .fvwm95rc.

41.4.   enlightenment

A reallly cool looking desktop. Has support for pluggable desktop themes, such as ``aliens''. Supports four virtual desktops.

41.5.   windowmaker

Allows you to create and delete virtual desktops on demand.

41.6.   kde

kde is a complete desktop environment. It comes complete with all its own utilities and programs. Therefore its HUGE, but versitile and easy to setup. kde is becoming very popular for new users.

To install kde you need the ports collection instaled. Currently this is the only way to install kde.

cd /usr/ports/x11/kdemake install

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