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From the Desktop: E Stands for EPIwm and Epidemic

Out of Order

  • November 28, 2000
  • By Brian Proffitt

I knew it.

I knew this would happen. It's like a natural law: try to do a comprehensive review of the X window managers and you end up missing one along the way.

For someone with a scientific background, I have a very unscientific method of finding window managers to write about: I look at Matt Chapman's excellent Window Managers for X site and select window managers from there in an alphabetical fashion. I was up to the I's with IceWM last week, but a few things happened this month that are causing me to back up and cover some missed ground.

First, a young French student contacted me over the holiday and asked me if I'd heard of his project EPIwm and would I want to take a look at it? Mind you, my first instinct was to ask him to change the name of the interface to something that begins with the letter J, but I decided to forget that idea. Up until now, Franco-Proffitt relations have been rather strained, ever since a minor brouhaha with French customs officials in 1987. I didn't want to push my luck. I did take a look at EPIwm, and I'll tell you about it in a moment.

Another reason I'm backing up is because earlier this month, I was sick. You may not have noticed it, since I tend to write even better when I'm not entirely lucid, but I had a nasty bout with the flu nonetheless. Writing in this state is not too hard--I just have to double-check and make sure I have not written anything really silly. So if I missed something, like mixing up the name of my favorite comic book with the name of a popular desktop environment, please forgive me.

Though I managed to limp to the computer and hack out some nonsensical prose (as opposed to today, when I walked hale and hearty to the computer to type out some nonsensical prose), I was remiss in getting out my interview questions to the creator of FVWM95, Hector Peraza. It turned out that he was sick that week too, so he could not send me a reply until this past week.

And you thought the life of a Web reporter was all glamour and fame.

So, in honor of these events, and the re- re- re-counting going on in the fine state of Florida, I hereby proclaim a do-over, a Mulligan, with no Supreme Court ruling necessary.

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