Anyone at least a little familiar with Linux knows about the different major desktop environments: GNOME, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, MATE, etc. For fun, I decided to test a Window Maker on Ubuntu in a virtual machine. Being a fairly experienced Linux user, the learning curve was relatively minimal. Window Maker was designed to closely imitate the NeXTSTEP desktop, an ancestor to the modern macOS interface. It’s a different experience, but it’s light, it’s fast, and it’s 90s. Because it’s not a composited desktop, there’s lots of window tearing. And though you won’t get a ton of eye candy, it’s very customizable and has an awesome control center. If you need a light desktop, are experienced with Linux, like the 90s, and are looking for a different experience, I recommend giving Window Maker a shot.
To install on Debian/Ubuntu:
# apt install wmaker
Other Distributions: Head to the Window Maker site, download the source code, and compile.
How I Set Up My Environment
I downloaded the Ubuntu 16.04 server CD image and install in qemu.
Once installed I ran:
$ sudo apt install xorg wmaker
To start Window Maker, I typed:
$ startx wmaker