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IceWM Alternatives

IceWM is described as 'Window Manager for X Window System. It is fast and memory-efficient, and it provides many different looks including Windows'95, OS/2 Warp 3,4, Motif' and is a Window Manager in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to IceWM for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Mac, Windows and FreeBSD. The best alternative is i3, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like IceWM are LXDE, Openbox, awesome and Sway.

IceWM alternatives are mainly Window Managers but may also be Desktop Environments. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of IceWM.
This page was last updated Jun 15, 2022
IceWM
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux
  • BSD

IceWM is a Window Manager for X Window System. It is fast and memory-efficient, and it provides many different looks...

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  1. i3 is a dynamic tiling window manager with clean, readable and documented code, featuring extended Xinerama support, usage of libxcb instead of xlib and several improvements over wmii.

  2. LXDE

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    The "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment" is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment.



  3. Openbox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Openbox is a highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support.

    Discontinued

    No actively developed anymore. Last commit was in 2015.

  4. awesome

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    awesome is a highly configurable, next generation framework window manager for X. It is very fast, extensible and licensed under the GNU GPLv2 license.

  5. Sway

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Sway is a tiling Wayland compositor and a drop-in replacement for the i3 window manager for X11. It works with your existing i3 configuration and supports most of i3's features, plus a few extras.



  6. Xmonad

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    xmonad is a dynamically tiling X11 window manager that is written and configured in Haskell. In a normal WM, you spend half your time aligning and searching for windows. xmonad makes work easier, by automating this.

  7. yabai started as a C99 rewrite of chunkwm, originally supposed to be its first RC version.

  8. bspwm

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    A tiling window manager based on binary space partitioning.

  9. bug.n

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    bug.n is a tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey.

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  10. Wayfire

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • FreeBSD

    Wayfire is a 3D Wayland compositor, inspired by Compiz and based on wlroots. It aims to create a customizable, extendable and lightweight environment without sacrificing its appearance.

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