Mutter Publisher's description
from Havoc Pennington
A Metacity replacement
Metacity is not a meta-City as in an urban center, but rather Meta-ness as in the state of being meta. i.e. metacity : meta as opacity : opaque. Also it may have something to do with the Meta key on the UNIX keyboards.
Here are some key features of "Mutter":
В· Uses GTK+ 2.0 for drawing window frames. This means colors, fonts, etc. come from GTK+ theme.
В· Does not expose the concept of "window manager" to the user. Some of the features in the GNOME control panel and other parts of the desktop happen to be implemented in metacity, such as changing your window border theme, or changing your window navigation shortcuts, but the user doesn't need to know this.
В· Includes only the window manager; does not try to be a desktop environment. The pager, configuration, etc. are all separate and modular. The "libwnck" library (which I also wrote) is available for writing metacity extensions, pagers, and so on. (But libwnck isn't metacity specific, or GNOME-dependent; it requires only GTK, and should work with KWin, fvwm2, and other EWMH-compliant WMs.)
Has a simple theme system and a couple of extra themes come with it. Change themes via gconf-editor or gconftool or GNOME themes control panel:
В· gconftool-2 --type=string --set /apps/metacity/general/theme Crux
В· gconftool-2 --type=string --set /apps/metacity/general/theme Gorilla
В· gconftool-2 --type=string --set /apps/metacity/general/theme Atlanta
В· gconftool-2 --type=string --set /apps/metacity/general/theme Bright
What's New in This Release:В· Adapt to changes in GtkStateFlags [Owen]
В· Redo properties for applications menu corresponding to GTK+ changes - they are now _GTK_* not DBUS_*. [Ryan]
В· Fix crash on gnome-shell restart when a modal dialog is open [Owen; #668299]
В· Code cleanup [Florian; #666039]
System Requirements:В· GNOME
В· GObject Introspection
Program Release Status: Minor Update
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall