I open this topic which has been discussed before about transparency and compositors. This feature is not the strength of Fvwm, also users want to keep a light WM. Is there something for those who want an elegant and modern?
On the recent topic “Solid Fvwm Configuration” by @ILLUXA, there is a “Swan” the “ugly Fvwm duck” can become without losing its lightweight and speed, which I took a look at when @amlug suggested Picom compositor.
Picom is a standalone compositor for Xorg, suitable for use with window managers that do not provide compositing.
It is very beautiful with nice features easy configuration of Shadows, Fading and Transparency / Opacity. The picom.sample.conf (/usr/share/doc/picom/examples/) is a good starting script to add in ~/.config/picom/picom.conf. Any edit has an immediate effect on the look that makes it easy to customize.
Create one autostart
Add this function at the beginning of your config.
SetEnv HOME_DIR $[HOME]/.fvwm
+ I Exec exec sh $[HOME_DIR]/autostart
Here is my experiment on myExt Fvwm extensions.
Click on the screenshot…
Fvwm Crystal did a good job. With Picom it is easier to make simple and complex configs into elegant desks without losing resources.
Welcome to the Fvwm board. Glad that you like the look. It’s receiving attention on other forums as well. Default Fvwm2 and 3 look the same. This includes individual Fvwm modules, functions and styles that are attached to the core config with READ command, called myExt Extensions. Makes it easy to customize the features and look instead of editing one lengthy config.
Splitting a config into categories makes it interesting. Reminds me of seeing something similar somewhere. I liked the idea but forgot about it.
I download the myext github. It is good. Prefer a simpler startup. Default Fvwm is too “Linux from scratch” and time-consuming. Something between. Any advice?
This has been on my task list when noticing I am becoming more of a “developer” than an end-user that started this project. The myExt remains as an experiment and collection place of configs, and FvwmStartUp is the new project. Hopefully, attracts users to get involved.
FvwmStartUp is a simple config file of READ commands that read the individual functions, styles, bindings, menus, decors, and modules in Core and Extra folders. It is almost ready… click screenshot.
I’m using default config for fvwm2, default wallpaper, added picom by following instructions in this forum thread.
There is gray background instead of wallpaper whenever picom is running. If I kill picom process, then the wallpaper is immediately shown. Changing wallpaper in fvwm menu has no effect while picom is running - it is always gray background no matter what I do. How do I fix that?