mcwm — a minimalist window manager

Note well: mcwm is in maintenance mode. Since 2013 I use X only sparingly.

mcwm is a minimalist window manager for the X Window System written from scratch in C directly on top of XCB. It is a traditional floating window manager with a lot of features but without the bloat.

In mcwm all functions, including move and resize, are available from the keyboard but a pointing device can be used for move, resize and raise/lower.


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How mcwm came to be.

Presentation from the FSCONS 2011 conference.

Last updated: <2021-02-06 18:56:10 MET>