Developer(s)Sun Microsystems
Operating systemSolaris / SunOS
PlatformIA-32, PowerPC, SPARC, x86, x86-64
TypeStacking window manager
Licensecustom free software[1]

olwm (OPEN LOOK Window Manager) was the default stacking window manager for OpenWindows, the original X11 desktop environment included with SunOS and Solaris. Its unique characteristic is its implementation of the OPEN LOOK look and feel.

Scott Oaks developed a variant of olwm, called olvwm (OPEN LOOK Virtual Window Manager), which implements a virtual root window with dimensions greater than those of the video display.[2]

Key features

An olvwm-managed desktop with Virtual Desktop Manager (VDM) and two XTerm windows one running Vim using the Desert256 color scheme. A simple menu is pinned to left-hand side of the Workspace. Conky is running next to the VDM, displaying the date, time, and network usage.

See also


  1. ^ See LEGAL_NOTICE in the tarball
  2. ^ Oaks, Scott. "OLVWM -- An OPEN LOOK Virtual Window Manager". Archived from the original on 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  3. ^ a b c d e OLVWM Configuration