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-<h1 class="SECT1"><a id="X-WINDOW-SYSTEM-XWMCONFIG" name="X-WINDOW-SYSTEM-XWMCONFIG">6.4
-<tt class="COMMAND">xwmconfig</tt></a></h1>
-
-<p>For years, Unix was used almost exclusively as the operating system for servers, with
-the exception of high-powered professional workstations. Only the technically inclined
-were likely to use a Unix-like operating system, and the user interface reflected this
-fact. GUIs tended to be fairly bare-bones, designed to run a few necessarily graphical
-applications like CAD programs and image renderers. Most file and system management was
-conducted at the command line. Various vendors (Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics, etc)
-were selling workstations with an attempt to provide a cohesive &#8220;look and
-feel&#8221;, but the wide variety of GUI toolkits in use by developers led inevitably to
-the dissolution of the desktop's uniformity. A scrollbar might not look the same in two
-different applications. Menus might appear in different places. Programs would have
-different buttons and checkboxes. Colors ranged widely, and were generally hard-coded in
-each toolkit. As long as the users were primarily technical professionals, none of this
-mattered much.</p>
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-<p>With the advent of free Unix-like operating systems and the growing number and variety
-of graphical applications, X has recently gained a wide desktop user base. Most users, of
-course, are accustomed to the consistent look and feel provided by Microsoft's Windows or
-Apple's MacOS; the lack of such consistency in X-based applications became a barrier to
-its wider acceptance. In response, two open source projects have been undertaken: The K
-Desktop Environment, or KDE, and the GNU Network Object Model Environment, known as
-GNOME. Each has a wide variety of applications, from taskbars and file managers to games
-and office suites, written with the same GUI toolkit and tightly integrated to provide a
-uniform, consistent desktop.</p>
-
-<p>The differences in KDE and GNOME are generally fairly subtle. They each look different
-from the other, because each uses a different GUI toolkit. KDE is based on the Qt library
-from Troll Tech AS, while GNOME uses GTK, a toolkit originally developed for The GNU
-Image Manipulation Program (or The GIMP, for short). As separate projects, KDE and GNOME
-each have their own designers and programmers, with different development styles and
-philosophies. The result in each case, however, has been fundamentally the same: a
-consistent, tightly integrated desktop environment and application collection. The
-functionality, usability, and sheer prettiness of both KDE and GNOME rival anything
-available on other operating systems.</p>
-
-<p>The best part, though, is that these advanced desktops are free. This means you can
-have either or both (yes, at the same time). The choice is yours.</p>
-
-<p>In addition to the GNOME and KDE desktops, Slackware includes a large collection of
-window managers. Some are designed to emulate other operating systems, some for
-customization, others for speed. There's quite a variety. Of course you can install as
-many as you want, play with them all, and decide which you like the most.</p>
-
-<p>To make desktop selection easy, Slackware also includes a program called <tt
-class="COMMAND">xwmconfig</tt> that can be used to select a desktop or window manager. It
-is run like so:</p>
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-<samp class="PROMPT">%</samp> <kbd class="USERINPUT">xwmconfig</kbd>
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-<p><b>Figure 6-5. Desktop Configuration with <tt class="COMMAND">xorgconfig</tt></b></p>
-
-<p><img src="x-window-system/xwmconfig-w.png" /></p>
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-
-<p>You'll be given a list of all the desktops and window managers installed. Just select
-the one you want from the list. Each user on your system will need to run this program,
-since different users can use different desktops, and not everyone will want the default
-one you selected at installation.</p>
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