FVWM-Crystal — speed and transparency
FVWM-Crystal is an eye-candy, functional and ultra-fast desktop environment for GNU/Linux, based on FVWM. Crystal can be used even on very old machines, thus it is a noticeable alternative to popular desktop choices like XFCE or Fluxbox.
FVWM is one of the oldest window managers for the X Window System. It is actually so old that even the creators don’t remember what the first letter of the acronym stands for. FVWM acronym is often evaluated to “Flexible Virtual Window Manager”. If you like, you can however put any other word there.
FVWM-Crystal, which is the subject of this article, has been originally created as an FVWM theme as well. However, it evolved to something much more complex. Currently Crystal is integrated with a bunch of external tools like music players, desktop toolbars, file managers, terminals and more, so we decided to call it a minimalistic desktop environment with FVWM as the window manager. Following this path, it should be compared with GNOME or XFCE rather than Fluxbox, WindowMaker and such. But, to be precise, it’s actually something in between.