IceWM team has anounced the new release of IceWM (Window Manager) on today (June 7, 2019).
This release contains many bugfixes and many portability fixes compared with previous version of IceWM 1.4.2.
Also, updated the translations.
A new quickswitch, hotkeys, focus behavior FocusCurrentWorkspace and theme option TaskbuttonIconOffset which is used in theme Outside-ice.
Quickswitch can be either horizontal or vertical.
Now, you can change focus model without restart, can change preferences via menus. Also, improved locating and loading of icons.
Extended window list menus and monitoring applet options.
We can easily change focus or work spaces by mouse wheel.
The monitoring applets has been revamped and it’s consuming very less processor time to gather information’s.
The improved system tray supports more applications compared with old release.
Mailbox monitoring was overhauled and now supports TLS/SSL connections to POP and IMAP servers, Gmail and Maildirs.
Support for 32-bit visuals and compositing managers was added.
The order of buttons and icons on taskbar, tray bar and system tray is now fully configurable.
Many new manual pages have been written and documentation is fully updated.
The address bar now has a re callable history of previous commands.
What’s IceWM (Window Manager)?:
IceWM is a stacking window manager for the X Window System. It’s designed to be fast and lightweight on system resources, in terms of CPU and memory usage.
It comes with a taskbar with pager, global and per-window keybindings and a dynamic menu system. Application windows can be managed by keyboard and mouse.
How to Install IceWM (Window Manager) in Linux?:
IceWM is available in most of the Linux distributions like Debian, Ubuntu, Arch, OpenSUSE, Gentoo, Slackware and CentOS.
But you will be not getting the latest release version in most of the distributions except rolling release distributions.
Still, if you want to install the package from official distribution repository, then use the distribution package manager to install it.
If you want to test the latest release of IceWM, then you have to compile from source. These steps are described below.
To install all required package dependencies, run the following script.
$ wget https://ice-wm.org/scripts/os-depends.sh
$ sudo bash -x ./os-depends.shsudo
Finally, Install the latest release as follows
$ curl -L -s https://github.com/ice-wm/icewm/releases/download/1.5.5/icewm-1.5.5.tar.xz | tar Jxvpf - $ cd icewm-1.5.5 $ CC=gcc CXX=g++ ./configure --prefix=/usr $ make $ sudo make install