there is really no need for a new version of Window Maker. Their aim was simplicity and stability, which they got right about 6 years ago (latest stable release). I am in no way affiliated/employed by Linux Mint. Putting "Window Maker Edition" in the title of my post was done to be ironic and humorous. I agree that the MAIN version of LInux Mint SHOULD be a complete and modern desktop. It SHOULD have Compiz AND Emerald installed and enabled by default. And it should be optimised for 64-bit SMP processors. That being said, the point of this post was about reviving a computer from an era when Dinosaurs roamed the earth. Mint 11 was much too SLOW on this old computer. There was/is a community edition of Linux Mint Fluxbox aimed at slower computers. I installed Fluxbox, which while updated much more recently than 2006, felt much LESS modern, and much harder to use than Window Maker. I was hoping my screenshot would show Window Maker's ability to "look like a modern desktop"... now on to Fluxbox itself...
Never once have I had to edit by hand any XML files in Window Maker. All config is done through Window Maker Preferences icon on the dock.
Setting a desktop wallpaper in Window Maker is as simple as putting the image you want in Window maker's backgrounds folder, then selecting backgrounds from a right-click menu. MUCH easier than Fluxbox, which requires you to have "feh" installed, and then read the man files/Google how to use feh. After finding the right command to set a background using feh, you then have to insert that command into fluxbox's startup text file (if you don't, next time you log into Fluxbox, it will greet you with no wallpaper). That's one giant pain in the ass just to see a desktop background image.
I looked through every style that came installed with Fluxbox. I even downloaded a few extras. Here are my gripes with Fluxbox styles
[*]The Close/Minimize/Maximize widgets are so ugly and out of proportion, they look like they were drawn by a pre-schooler.
When I found a theme with acceptable widgets it was unusable for one or more of the following reasons:
---[*]The theme's font blended right into the panel, making panel text unreadable.
---[*]The theme's font was ridiculously small, making the panel AND menus unusable by way of being unreadable without a magnifying glass.
---[*]The theme's font was ridiculously large, enlarging the panel I had set to be small, and making menus WAY too wide/big.
---[*]The theme made menus to dark to read, I could only read one menu item at a time, by way of mousing-over the menu item.
The DEFAULT theme of Window Maker may be bland, but the INCLUDED themes blow away anything Fluxbox has to offer (You mean I can actually READ my menus? Thanks Window maker). I've always liked Window Maker's "Interlace" theme. Fluxbox was one giant fail after another from the moment I installed it, until the moment it got it's much deserved APT purge from my system
↯Acer Aspire 7730 17" laptop ↝ Intel Core Duo 2.00Ghz x2 4gig DDR2 RAM ⤗ Intel Mobile 4 Graphics ➫ Kernel: 3.2.0-14-liquorix ZEN SMP PREEMPT x86_64 Linux Mint Debian Edition using Sid Repositories ⇨ KDE 4.7.4 ⟿ Installed: 11/23/2010↯