Fvwm, developed by Robert Nation, was once dominant in the window manager stakes, especially in the Linux community. It borrows heavily from Tom LaStrange's famous twm window manager, which was the first ICCCM-compliant window manager to be written.
Fvwm was designed to minimize memory consumption, provide a 3-D look (similar to from Motif's mwm) and provide a simple virtual desktop. Functionality can be enhanced by the use of various modules.
There are a number of web sites with further information about fvwm:
- The Official FVWM Home Page
- The Official FVWM Themes Home Page
- Fvwm2 themes
- Fvwm Configs
- Fvwm themes, including a CDE emulation.
- Themes for FVWM 2.4.XX
- Eric's Big Blue-Steel Desktop
Here are some example configuration files, with mainly 1152x900 screenshots. The configuration files should be renamed to .fvwmrc, in the top level of your home directory. They are all for version 1.xx of fvwm, and are not compatible with fvwm 2.xx.
- From email@example.com, added in June 1996: fvwmrc, screenshot (118k).
- From firstname.lastname@example.org, added in June 1996: fvwmrc, screenshot (k). This setup shows fvwm being run on a Linux machine - a popular combination.
- From email@example.com, added in June 1996: fvwmrc, screenshot (238k). This setup uses the 3d pixmap collection, which contains icons converted from the Amiga's MagicWB collection. It is also available from sunsite.unc.edu.
- From firstname.lastname@example.org, added in December 1998: fvwmrc, screenshot (77k).
- From email@example.com, added in December 1998: fvwmrc, screenshot (141k).
Here are some setups for version 2 of fvwm. They should either be called .fvwm2rc or fvwmrc, depending on how fvwm2 was configured.
- From firstname.lastname@example.org, added in June 1996: fvwm2rc, and a screenshot (26k).
- From email@example.com, added in June 1996: fvwm2rc, and a screenshot (143k).
- From firstname.lastname@example.org, added in June 1996: fvwm2rc, and a screenshot (139k jpeg).
- From email@example.com, added in April 1997: fvwm2rc, and a screenshot (269k). Note, this requires fvwm pre-2.0 patchlevel 45 or later.
- From firstname.lastname@example.org, added in June 1997: fvwm2rc, and a 800x600 screenshot (124k).
- From email@example.com, added in January 1998: fvwm2rc, and a screenshot (290k).
- From firstname.lastname@example.org, added in October 2000: fvwm2rc, a screenshot (57k), and the icons used by this configuration.
- From email@example.com, added in October 2001: fvwm2rc, and a screenshot (59k).
- From firstname.lastname@example.org, added in October 2001: fvwm2rc, and a screenshot (227k).
- From email@example.com, added in November 2003: This screenshot (273k) shows fvwm2 configured to look very much like Windows XP. The configuration files (216k) for this are available, as are the numerous icons (3052k).
- From firstname.lastname@example.org, added in August 2004: fvwm2rc, and a screenshot (254k).
The latest version (official or beta) of fvwm is available for download from the official site.