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USENIX 2003 Annual Technical Conference, FREENIX Track — Abstract

Pp. 197-206 of the Proceedings

Matchbox: Window Management Not for the Desktop

Matthew Allum, OpenedHand Ltd.


Matchbox is a set of X11 utilities for managing applications. Matchbox is intended primarily for use on embedded X Window System devices with low display resolution, limited available input mechanisms, limited available storage and/or slow CPUs.

The core of Matchbox is an X window manager which aims to ameliorate shortcomings of existing desktop window managers on constrained platforms.

Matchbox approaches window management in a unique restricted way, benefiting the user, while striving to adhere to relevant standards such as the ICCCM and EWMH. Included applications include a PDA style application launcher, a panel and numerous panel applications. Matchbox also hopes to support emerging devices with limited input mechanisms such as Tablet PCs, HUD based devices and "wrist tops".

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