It's the tenth birthday of FVWM.
As a ten year user of FVWM, I want to addd my two cents
concerning that delicate question about why there are not
more people using FVWM as their window manager.
I will not adress the question why there are not more people
using FVWM, but I will instead adress the question why there
are people that actually use FVWM as their window manager.
There are in fact three ways that lead to FVWM:
-- The way of the ignorant :
your first computer was a UNIX workstation in some
research lab and the only wm available at that time
was FVWM. It took you several years before you realize
that a hard drive does not need to fill a room in order to
be efficient, and that there actually exists
other wm than FVWM (but not as stable as FVWM: the sidebar
of their windows are not as thick, so you stick to FVWM)
SIDENOTE: don't laugh ! it's my own story.
-- The way of the geek:
you were an innocent [put the name of any wm here]-user
until you crossed the path of a FVWMGrandMASTER. Its teachings
moved you deeply; you still remember the fervent recitations of
the 45 FVWMman pages. Now a FVWM-zealot, you try to install FVWM
on all the computers you meet, and wonder why there are still
people sticking to other wm.
SIDENOTE: many thx taviso oh taviso you great etc
-- The way of the solitary:
At some point in your life, you become unsatisfied
with your own window manager and begin a long quest
for the perfect wm. After several years of unfruitful research,
the light strikes you unexpectedly : FVWM !
In order to share this revelation with others,
you decide to write a FVWM-version for beginners
and you call it afterstep or enlightenment or FVWM-crystal.
SIDENOTE: it's not a joke ! read
In other words :
That's not you who chooses FVWM, that's FVWM that chooses you.
Ten signs that you are one of the chosen :
10 - you know that, by clicking on the buttons of the window
on the official FVWM home page, you change the look of the page;
but the default look is definitely the best.
9 - the latest bgklhdWM feature is quite nice ...
anyway FVWM could have had done that many years ago.
8 - each time you type in a window with no sidebar, you are
afraid that your text may fall out of the window.
7 - It's 4 am and you write stuff about FVWM.
6 - you watch out other wm sites so as to implement your new
FVWM emulation, as soon as they upgrade their version.
5 - you wake up at night and browse the dictionary
to find a new nice meaning for the F.
4 - you think that the handling of preferences for the
weather application on the dashboard of MacOSX 10.4 "Tiger"
is a uttermost plagiarism of what can be done by
Olivier Chapuis FVWM-metisse-0.3.5, together with
FVWM-themes, wm-icons and the translucency patch.
3 - you really like to target one-pixel-wide sidebars in order
to resize your windows ; in fact you never miss - that's
the fruit of years of training.
2 - your version of FVWM is 2.5.14 (or higher) ; you have no menu
leading to the FVWMman pages - you don't need it anymore.
1 - you post on the FVWMForum