WindowMaker is a window manager whose raison d'être is to emulate the look and feel of NEXTSTEPTM, and (perhaps eventually) to be a part of the GNUstep project.
Current version at the date of writing is 0.14.1.
Debian : There's a few packages for it in the 2.0 almost-release ("hamm").
Red Hat : Red Hat's contrib area only has RPMs for 0.13.
Source is available at ftp://ftp.windowmaker.org/pub/
Have a look at the screenshots from the Windowmaker site.
The Dock, down the right-hand side. Applications that support session-management (a different sort to KDE's, though) can be docked here for easy access next time you want to run them. Netscape >= 4.x supports this, for instance, as do many other applications.
Some applications (a clock and a load meter) running inside the dock, much like "swallowed" apps in FVWM (the concept comes from NEXTSTEP).
The Fiend,in the top left corner (at the time of writing :). This is a bit like the Dock, but is workspace-specific, for when you have docked applications that you only want to see on a particular workspace.
Iconified windows get put at the bottom left. They're the ones with the little blue titles at the top. The ones without titles are dockable application icons - you can drag them over to the Dock or the Fiend.
A "shaded" window, Just Like MacOS.
The "Workspaces" menu. To rename a workspace, you can ctrl-click on the name in this menu and edit the name.
You can have textures all over the place - as the title bar background, behind icons, etc. etc.
Other features :
The WindowMaker page has a more detailed list of features.
It looks reasonably pretty without having to expend a lot of effort (especially so once some more themes get contributed).
It's under active development (even though the original author seems to be on an extended skiing holiday).
If you've only got an 8-bit color display, it'll take a bit more effort to make it look reasonably pretty. Lots of dithering happens, but you'll still need to be careful with the icons you use, and so on.
Emulation (ie. keeping true to NEXTSTEP) comes before innovation. This doesn't have to be as bad as it sounds, but keep it in mind before you inundate the developer(s) with random feature requests. If you're after something apparently more configurable, try Enlightenment.
The average content of the mailing list disappoints me - there seem to be more "sayers" than "doers", and a lot of unkind/poorly thought out comments have gone back and forth. Despite the fact that the list is touted as a source of help to new users, pack your flame proof suit if you're going to ask a question. It really shouldn't be like this. Nevertheless, there are still some genuinely helpful people around too.
http://www.windowmaker.org/ - the primary WindowMaker page.
http://www.themes.org/ - the beginnings of a Theme (and such) archive, although I find the comments like "This page will be PRO Linux/Un*x and will delightfully bash other Lame OS's when appropriate" just a tad cringy.
http://www.ctv.es/USERS/xose/wm/ links to a whole lotta dockable programs for WindowMaker.
http://www.goldweb.com.au/~matt/wm/ - The official unofficial WindowMaker development page, which has a slightly more up-to-date screen shot than most of the other pages I looked at while writing this :)
ftp://ftp.windowmaker.org/pub/docs/ This is a work in progress document on configuring WindowMaker. It's a bit more up to date than the user documentation that comes with the source.
Andrew J Cosgriff
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