Re: [As-users] =((((

Daniel A. Ramaley (
Thu, 26 Mar 2009 11:15:51 -0500

AfterStep is highly configurable and takes time to set up the way you 
want it. It sounds like the defaults are not to your liking. I suggest 
either trying another window manager, or spending the time learning how 
to configure AfterStep to work they way you want it to. Either way, 
flaming the list is not appropriate. If you want to give AfterStep a 
serious try and some aspect of it is not working, it is OK to ask a 
question explaining what didn't appear to work, and what your 
expectation was. In most cases, a configuration change will make 
AfterStep behave according to your expectations.

On 2009-03-26 at 09:59:03, Alan Grimes wrote:
>I'm sorry but I'm so outraged by how awful this software is I am
>absolutely compelled to join this mailing list to explain why this is
>one of the worst window managers I've ever attempted to use.
>I spent most of my life in a custom shell on Windows 3.11 (Dashboard
>from Starfish Software).
>Then I moved more or less directly to FVWM on linux which I used for
>years on end... Then its "bit-rot" became overwhelming so I switched
> to KDE3, which was pretty good.
>KDE4.2 was utterly unusable so I went searching for a WM again. (KDE4
> is the worst downgrade in the history of open source!)
>I used Enlightenment for about a month. It was half-way decent but
> then I noticed that it was eating half of my CPU power, which is
> outrageous!!!
>So I loaded afterstep. (I had a brief encounter with gnustep back
> around 2003 which was generally positive.)
>In attempting to use afterstep I've had some of the most frustrating
>experiences I've ever had attempting to use a GUI, it's almost half as
>awful as vi which is the benchmark as the world's least usable
> program.
>It seems to follow completely arbitrary rules, some windows I can make
>overlap, others I can't. The desktop manager is completely broken
>because the window I want to move moves in a different direction than
>the mouse. I have an instance of "Okular" that simply cannot be moved,
>the system beeps when I try to move it. (My desktop has a CRT and a
>flatpannel, dissimilar resolutions on a nvidia driver, it's a version
>out of date because nvidia doesn't support my card anymore!!!). I have
>TWM on this monitor because it is more or less usable, while
> afterstep, on my other monitor, is not.
>Sometimes I'll have a deeply burried window but no matter how many
> times I click on it, I cannot get it to raise to the top.
>When I try to pop a terminal which I do hundreds of times an hour, it
>will flash for an instant and then disappear, I have to then go
> hunting for it, which is insane!!!
>Because I can't find a usable window manager, I probably won't be able
>to use linux for much longer. The last time I installed an OS on this
>machine was in 2004...

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