The evilwm package provides a minimalistic lightweight stacking window manager for the X windowing system.
Features of the evilwm window manager include:
- Stacking windows
- Written in C
- Provides a simple 1 pixel wide border for window decorations
- No titlebars
- No rootmenu
- No deskbars
- No panels
- Raise windows using the keyboard
- Resize windows using the mouse or keyboard
- Windows may be maximized
- No facility to hide or minimize windows
- No task display methods
- Program launching is limited to a terminal window (launched via the keyboard only)
- There are no keyboard equivalents for some mouse navigation functions
- Requires a 3 button mouse
- Follow focus with no autoraise
- Up to 8 multiple desktops
- Desktop switching via the keyboard
- No desktop shortcuts
- No wallpaper
- No shared frames
- No tabbed windows
- No theme support
- Colours can be configured via the command line
- Uses the xrender library
- Lighweight (rated as 1 on the hammer scale)
Launching an applicationEdit
In evilwm, applications are launched via the terminal. A terminal session is launched from the keyboard, by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Enter.
Raising and lowering windowsEdit
Applications can be switched using Alt + Tab. An application window can be dropped towards the back by pressing Alt + Middleclick within the application window.
Resizing of window can be achieved by using both the keyboard and the mouse simultaneously using Alt + Rightclick or using the keyboard only by using Ctrl + Alt + Shift + H, J, K, or L
- Alt + Tab - Switch currently raised application
- Ctrl + Alt + Enter - Launch a terminal session
- Ctrl + Alt + Left - Switch to the previous desktop (for multiple desktops)
- Ctrl + Alt + Right - Switch to the next desktop (for multiple desktops)
Controls within a client windowEdit
Client window controls apply to the window in focus.
- Alt + Button 1 - Move Window
- Alt + Button 2 - Resize Window
- Alt + Button 3 - Drop window to background
- Ctrl + Alt + Esc - Close application window
- Ctrl + Alt + Insert - Drop window to background
- Ctrl + Alt + I - Show information about current window
- Ctrl + Alt + X - Maximize (and restore)
- Shift + Ctrl + Alt + Esc - Kill application
Window motion controlsEdit
Window motion controls apply to the window in focus.
- Ctrl + Alt + H - Move window left
- Ctrl + Alt + J - Move window down
- Ctrl + Alt + K - Move window up
- Ctrl + Alt + L - Move window right
- Ctrl + Alt + Y - Move window to the top left of screen
- Ctrl + Alt + U - Move window to the top right of screen
- Ctrl + Alt + B - Move window to the bottom left of screen
- Ctrl + Alt + N - Move window to the botton right of screen
Controls for moving windows between desktopsEdit
The controls for moving windows between desktops apply to the window in focus.
- Ctrl + Alt + F - Fix current window (for multiple desktops)
- Ctrl + Alt + 1 - Move window to desktop 1
- Ctrl + Alt + 2 - Move window to desktop 2
- Ctrl + Alt + 3 - Move window to desktop 3
- Ctrl + Alt + 4 - Move window to desktop 4
- Ctrl + Alt + 5 - Move window to desktop 5
- Ctrl + Alt + 6 - Move window to desktop 6
- Ctrl + Alt + 7 - Move window to desktop 7
- Ctrl + Alt + 8 - Move window to desktop 8
evilwm is dependent on the following xlib libraries:
| | VIRT | RES | SHR | %CPU | %MEM | evilwm | 2812 | 1160 | 960 | 0.1 | 0.2
Where is evilwm on the hammer scale?Edit
| 1 | Pin hammer | A minimalist tool designed to do a specific job.
The evilwm window manager is extremely lightweight and rated as a pinhammer on the hammer scale.
The evilwm window manager is awkward to use because it requires the use of both the keyboard and the mouse for operation and windows do not become raised when they are clicked on. Moving and resizing of windows is awkward, because this cannot be achieved by dragging the window borders, and a resize operation can only be achieved by using both the keyboard and the mouse simultaneously.
The window manager makes extensive use of keys, and a new user will probably need a list of keys at the terminal. There is no desktop context events, and an operator needs to know how to launch a terminal session. The window manager has a good set of keyboard controls and the keymappings have been well thought out. The keys are not configurable and currently a mouse is required for resizing windows.
The evilwm window manager is not accessibility friendly because it does not provide keyboard equivalents for some of its operations and is not touchscreen friendly because it requires a multibutton mouse.
Since this review was written it has become possible to resize windows using only the keyboard