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Lesson 5 Understanding window managers
Objective Explain the need for a window manager to get the most out of X.

Understanding Window Managers in RedHat

Without a window manager, X is not very useful. You can still launch applications without one, but you cannot resize or move the X windows, nor can you customize X windows appearance.
Enlightenment, the default Red Hat Linux window manager, is a versatile, highly customizable window manager. With Enlightenment you can:
  1. Move and resize windows
  2. Customize taskbars, title-bars, and borders
  3. Work with virtual screens


Some of Enlightenment's features
Enlightenment provides a launch Panel to centralize control of your X session. It contains buttons for fast access to frequently used applications and many other useful utilities.
Enlightenment also provides a virtual desktop, which treats your desktop as though it were much larger than your screen's physical size. By default, Enlightenment creates a virtual desktop equal to four physical screens, arranged in a 2x2 grid.
Finally, the GNOME-pager is one of the most useful Enlightenment utilities. It provides a task list and a high level view of your virtual desktop.
RedHat Linux Panorama
Window Managers
Click the RedHat Linux Panorama link above to view many of Enlightenment's features.
The next lesson lists the characteristics of various window managers.
Enlightenment Features
Before moving on to the next lesson, click the link below to view a diagram describing the features of Enlightenment.
Enlightenment Features