Unlike other windowing systems the X Window System only provides access to the graphics hardware, and other peripherals your computer uses. It does not specify how window borders or title bars should be drawn, nor does it explicitly handle window arrangement or key bindings. Such implementations are left to special programs known as ‘‘Window Managers’’. Their primary purpose is to do just that – manage windows, both usually in terms of placement, focus, decoration, etc.
Many people ask this question, and of course there is no answer, other than a very personal and subjective one. For many, FVWM was their first graphical environment that they used when first installing Linux. For many years, RedHat used FVWM as their primary “desktop” GUI-frontend, and in 1996, RedHat launched a competition – the winner of which was called AnotherLevel. For me, and others that used RedHat, this was their first taste of FVWM. For many, it wasn’t pleasant. :) Some people like to stick with what they’re used to, it seems.
But since then, and of late, I myself (ThomasAdam) have noticed a sudden increase of FVWM users. I attribute this to some sort of ‘born-again’ effect; people are waking up as to how they can configure this beast. :)
- xwinman.org – X11 Window Manager/Desktop Environment list.