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Original author(s)Matthew Allum
Developer(s)OpenedHand, Yocto Project
Initial releaseApril 13, 2007; 16 years ago (2007-04-13)
Stable release
1.2.2[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 5 December 2016
Operating systemLinux
Available inC[2]
TypeX window manager

Matchbox is a free and open source window manager for the X Window System. It is mainly intended for embedded systems and differs from most other window managers in that it only shows one window at a time. It is used by Maemo on Nokia Internet Tablets, the Neo 1973 smartphone based on Openmoko, the Vernier LabQuest handheld data acquisition device for science education, as well as on the XO-1 of the One Laptop Per Child Project.[4] before being replaced by Metacity.[5]

The project is currently developed under the Yocto Project.

Matchbox 2

Matchbox Window Manager II is a complete rewrite of the original m-w-m. It is in early stages of development.

See also


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  2. ^ "The Matchbox Open Source Project on Ohloh". Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  3. ^ "Adopt SPDX license identifiers". 2020-05-12.
  4. ^ "Behind the OLPC price bump: better hardware". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2007-07-27.
  5. ^ "Sugarlabs Features/Metacity".