Proposing fvwm. [was]Re: Adding another desktop (ice)

Alex Wallis awol at
Wed Dec 10 01:29:36 UTC 2003

Garrett LeSage wrote:
> Troy Dawson wrote:
> > Hello,
> > What would be involved in trying to get another desktop officially
> > into Fedora?
> This would be a great addition to Fedora-extras or some external yum
> repository.
> Concerning its inclusion in the base, Fedora Core, I think Trae McCombs
> sums it up great in a recent post to fedora-devel-list:
> Garrett

I hate to be one of those flag waving window manager zealots, but I was
set a task to investigate how to get fvwm and fvwm-themes into the new
fedora releases by the fvwm developers, as I am an active user,
distributor and promoter of both.

I was led to believe that to be considered for inclusion a suitable
window manager should provide both i18n/internationalisation AND
a11y/accessibility support. However, fvwm does provide the former, but
documentation on methods of including a11y support appears to be sparse,
so we are still investigating this. If anyone can provide some useful
url's on a11y we would be most grateful.

There already exists rpm packages that install and run fine on fedora
although there are a couple of required dependancies for these versions
which are also available from the official fvwm rpm download site. Any
decent rpm search facility may be used to find these deps as well, such
as The sources for both packages also provide
within themselves the ability to create packages in any format including
tarballs, rpm's and deb's.

I am currently in the process of repackaging both fvwm and fvwm-themes
to more correctly comply with fedora requirements, session management,
and GPG key signing conditions.

It is our hope that perhaps once these adjustments have been made that
fvwm and fvwm-themes packages may be considered for inclusion into the
fedora extras trees. Please feel free to offer any suggestions that may
assist us in this endeavour.


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