twm(1) - The Directors Cut
By dom on Nov 30, 2006
As a postscript to my blogs on squeezing Solaris 10 onto an antique PC (here and here), Dave Levy commented that I should provide a screenshot of Tom's Window Manager, as a means to point out the irony that doing a screen grab of TWM is a recursive problem - the tools ain't there to do it. Oh well. I shan't restate the case for it because the Wikipedia entry sums it up - "Although it is now generally regarded as the window manager of last resort, a small but dedicated minority of users favor twm for its simplicity, customizability, and light weight". You can leap from the Wiki entry to an interesting interview with Tom himself.
As you can see, twm(1) has the rich functionality that you need but without all that troublesome clutter.
Solaris Performance and Tools and Solaris Internals (2nd Ed) make a firm foundation for any tuning exercise such as this. Rich Teer's Solaris Systems Programming also provides useful supporting documentation.
The quid pro quo I negotiated with Dave was that he in turn would blog an analysis of the case for commercial enterprises such as Sun open-sourcing their software set in the context of classical economic theory. I know I don't understand this properly because listening to Dave explain it is like holding up the TV aerial - it seems clear while he holds it up and explains but the moment he finishes and puts the aerial down, my screen goes fuzzy again.