Window Maker Live CD

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A free Live Linux operating system that features the Window Maker window manager

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Window Maker Live CD is an open source, live and installable distribution of Linux based on the award winning Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the Window Maker window manager.

Available for download as 64-bit/32-bit Live CDs

The distribution is available for download as a Live CD ISO images, designed to support the 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. While the 32-bit edition will boot on both 32-bit and 64-bit machines, it will only support 32-bit applications. On the other hand, the 64-bit edition boots only on 64-bit computers and supports both 32-bit and 64-bit software.

Boot options

While the bootloader of the Live CDs has been highly customized, you can immediately notice that it is based on a Debian distribution. It will allow the user to start the live session for the respective architecture (see the above section for details) or permanently install the operating system on a local drive.

Old-school graphical desktop environment powered by Window Maker

As its name suggests, Window Maker Live CD is an operating system system distributed as a Live CD and built around the Window Maker project, which is its default graphical desktop environment.

Window Maker is one of the strangest desktop environments/window managers ever created. It does not feature any panels, but only some sorts of launchers, called docklets. To access the main menu and launch applications, one must right click anywhere on the desktop.

Default applications

Default applications include the Pidgin multi-protocol instant messenger, Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client, Seahorse password manager, Mousepad text editor, FileZilla file transfer client, Thunar file manager, Geeqie image viewer, Rhythmbox music player, SMPlayer video player and Mozilla Firefox web browser.

Bottom line

In conclusion, Window Maker Live CD is a decent operating system that should be used only by fans of the Window Maker window manager.

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Last updated on September 30th, 2014
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