Re: [wmii] wmii on Windows

From: Jeremy Maitin-Shepard <>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 16:12:41 -0500

Ajeetpal Grewal <> writes:

> Hi,
> I dont know if this is the right place to post this, so I apologize for any
> inconvenience.

> I was wondering if a port of wmii to Windows exists (or is being developed). I
> am not talking about the cygwin port, I tried that and I found it rather
> slow. Also, it could only handle X11 windows and not the normal windows that
> could be open (like Notepad say). There are existing ports of blackbox (BB4Win),
> which are termed "shell replacements". However, I'm sold on the tiling window
> manager concept and in particular would like to see a true wmii port to
> windows. (I am not a windows fanatic, I love Linux, just that I have to use it
> at work).

As far as I understand, unlike X11, Windows is not designed to support
arbitrary Window managers. The normal Window management system is built
in at a very deep level. Overriding it requires various unusual hacks.
You could look at the BB4Win code to see what it does, and attempt to
use similar tricks in implementing something like WMII that works on
Windows. Since Blackbox uses essentially the same Window management
model as Microsoft Windows, it seems that (1) there is hardly any reason
to want to use such a thing, and (2) it likely only involves changing
the Window decoration style and perhaps adding some sort of right click
menu on the desktop.

Jeremy Maitin-Shepard
Received on Wed Feb 14 2007 - 22:12:48 UTC

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