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3                 <title>dwm - dynamic window manager</title>
4                 <meta name="author" content="Anselm R. Garbe">
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6                 <meta name="copyright" content="(C)opyright 2006 by Anselm R. Garbe">
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18                         <h3>dynamic window manager</h3>
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20                 <h3>Description</h3>
21                 <p>
22                 dwm is a dynamic window manager for X11.
23                 </p>
24                 <h4>Philosophy</h4>
25                 <p>
26                 As founder and main developer of wmii I came to the conclusion that
27                 wmii is too clunky for my needs. I don't need so many funky features
28                 and all this hype about remote control through a 9P service, I only
29                 want to manage my windows in a simple, but dynamic way. wmii never got
30                 finished because I listened to users, who proposed arbitrary ideas I
31                 considered useful. This resulted in an extreme <a
32                 href="http://www.jwz.org/doc/cadt.html">CADT</a> development model,
33                 which was a mistake. Thus the philosophy of dwm is simply <i>to fit my
34                 needs</i> (maybe yours as well). That's it.
35                 </p>
36                 <h4>Differences to ion, larswm, and wmii</h4>
37                 <p>
38                 In contrast to ion, larswm, and wmii, dwm is much smaller, faster and simpler.
39                 </p>
40                 <ul>
41                         <li>
42                         dwm has no Lua integration, no 9P support, no menu, no editable
43                         tagbars, no shell-based configuration, no remote control, and comes
44                         without any additional tools like printing the selection or warping
45                         the mouse.
46                         </li>
47                         <li>
48                         dwm is only a single binary, it's source code is intended to never
49                         exceed 2000 SLOC.
50                         </li>
51                         <li>
52                         dwm is based on tagging and dynamic window management (however
53                         simpler than ion, wmii or larswm). It manages windows in
54                         tiling and floating modes. Either mode can be applied dynamically,
55                         depending on the application in use and the task performed.
56                         </li>
57                         <li>
58                         dwm don't distinguishes between layers, there is no floating or
59                         tiled layer. Wether the clients of currently selected tag are in
60                         tiled mode or not, you can re-arrange all clients on the fly.
61                         Popup- and fixed-size windows are treated floating, however. 
62                         </li>
63                         <li>
64                         dwm is customized through editing its source code, that makes it
65                         extremely fast and secure - it does not process any input data
66                         which hasn't been known at compile time, except window title names
67                         and status text read from standard input. You don't have to learn
68                         Lua/sh/ruby or some weird configuration file format (like X
69                         resource files), beside C to customize it for your needs,
70                         you <b>only</b> have to learn C.
71                         </li>
72                         <li>
73                         Because dwm is customized through editing its source code, it's
74                         pointless to make binary packages of it. This keeps its userbase
75                         small and elitist. No novices asking stupid questions.
76                         </li>
77                         <li>
78                         dwm uses 1-pixel borders to provide the maximum of screen real
79                         estate to clients. Small titlebars are only drawn in front of
80                         unfocused clients.
81                         </li>
82                         <li>
83                         dwm reads from standard input to print arbitrary status text (like
84                         the date, load, battery charge). That's much simpler than
85                         larsremote, wmiir and what not...
86                         </li>
87                         <li>
88                         It can be downloaded and distributed under the conditions
89                         of the <a href="http://10kloc.org/cgi-bin/hgwebdir.cgi/dwm?f=f10eb1139362;file=LICENSE;style=raw">MIT/X Consortium license</a>.
90                         </li>
91                 </ul>
92                 <h4>Links</h4>
93                 <ul>
94                         <li><a href="http://10kloc.org/cgi-bin/man/man2html?query=dwm">Man page</a></li>
95                         <li><a href="http://10kloc.org/shots/dwm-20060714.png">Screenshot</a> (20060714)</li>
96                         <li><a href="http://10kloc.org/download/poster.ps">A4 poster (PostScript)</a></li>
97                         <li>Mailing List: <a href="http://10kloc.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/dwm">dwm at wmii dot de</a> <a href="http://10kloc.org/pipermail/dwm/">(Archives)</a></li>
98                         <li>IRC channel: <code>#dwm</code> at <code>irc.oftc.net</code></li>
99                 </ul>
100                 <h3>Development</h3>
101                 <p>
102                 dwm is actively developed in parallel to wmii. You can <a href="http://10kloc.org/cgi-bin/hgwebdir.cgi/dwm">browse</a> its source code repository or get a copy using <a href="http://www.selenic.com/mercurial/">Mercurial</a> with following command:
103                 </p>
104                 <p>
105                 <code>hg clone http://10kloc.org/cgi-bin/hgwebdir.cgi/dwm</code>
106                 </p>
107                 <h3>Download</h3>
108                 <ul>
109                         <li><a href="http://10kloc.org/download/dwm-0.2.tar.gz">dwm 0.2</a> (13kb) (20060717)</li>
110                 </ul>
111                 <h3>Miscellaneous</h3>
112                 <p>
113                 You can purchase this <a href="https://www.spreadshirt.net/shop.php?op=article&article_id=3298632&view=403">tricot</a>
114                 if you like dwm and the dwm logo, which has been designed by Anselm.
115                 </p>
116                 <p><small>--Anselm (20060714)</small></p>
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