KWin 4.4 with Cube effect.
|Developer(s)||KDE (Martin Gräßlin, et al.)|
|Written in||C++ (Qt)|
|Operating system||Linux, BSD, other Unix-like|
|License||GNU General Public License|
KWin is a window manager for the X Window System and is currently in the process of becoming a Wayland compositor. It is released as part of KDE Plasma 5 for which it is the default window manager. KWin can also be used on its own or with other desktop environments.
History[edit | edit source]
|KWin||2.0||Extended support for themes and window effects.|
|3.0||Improved support for the extended ICCCM standards from freedesktop.org.|
|4.0||Compositing support and Compiz-like effects.|
|4.4 (02/2010)||Maximizing and tiling by snapping to the screen-edges, grouping and tabbing.|
|4.5||Tiling. (removed in version 4.10)|
|4.9||Incompatible API change.|
|4.11||Last release based on KDE Platform 4. Experimental Wayland support.|
|5.0||First release based on KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt 5.|
|5.12||Released February 2018, KWin/X11 got feature frozen, meaning no new X11 specific features will be added. Martin Flöser stated that new features are easy and straight forward with the Wayland back-end, but require considerably more development to add the same feature to the X11 back-end.|
Look and feel[edit | edit source]
Compositing[edit | edit source]
Included effects[edit | edit source]
As of KDE 4.3 the following effects are built-in:
Accessibility[edit | edit source]
|Invert||Inverts the color of the desktop and windows|
|Looking glass||A screen magnifier that looks like a fish eye lens|
|Magnifier||Magnify the section of the screen that is near the mouse cursor|
|Sharpen||Makes the entire desktop look sharper|
|Snap Helper||Helps locate the centre of the screen when moving a window|
|Track mouse||Display a mouse cursor locating effect when activated|
|Zoom||Magnify the entire desktop|
Appearance[edit | edit source]
|Explosion||Make windows explode when they are closed|
|Fade||Make windows smoothly fade in and out when they are shown or hidden|
|Fade Desktop||Fade between virtual desktops when switching between them|
|Fall apart||Close windows fall into pieces|
|Highlight Windows||Highlight the appropriate window when hovering over taskbar entries|
|Login||Smoothly fade to the desktop when logging in|
|Logout||Desaturate the desktop when displaying the logout dialog|
|Magic Lamp||Simulate a magic lamp when minimizing windows|
|Minimize animation||Animate the minimizing of windows|
|Mouse mark||Allows you to draw lines over your desktop|
|Scale In||Animate the appearance of windows|
|Sheet||Make modal dialogues smoothly fly in and out when shown or hidden|
|Slide||Slide windows across the screen when switching virtual desktops|
|Sliding popups||Sliding animation for Plasma Popups|
|Taskbar Thumbnails||Display window thumbnails when hovering over taskbar entries|
|Thumbnail aside||Display window thumbnails on the edge of the screen|
|Translucency||Make windows translucent under different conditions|
|Wobbly windows||Deform windows while they are moving|
Candy[edit | edit source]
|Snow||Simulate snow falling on the desktop|
Focus[edit | edit source]
|Dialog parent||Darkens the parent windows of the currently active dialogue|
|Dim Inactive||Darken inactive windows|
|Dim screen for administrator mode||Darkens the entire screen when requesting root privileges|
|Slide Back||Slide back windows losing focus|
Tools[edit | edit source]
|Show FPS||Show kwins performance in the corner of the screen|
|Show Paint||Highlight areas of the desktop that have been recently updated|
Window management[edit | edit source]
|Box switch||Display thumbnails of windows in the alt+tab window switcher|
|Cover switch||Apply a Cover Flow-like effect to the alt+tab window switcher|
|Desktop cube||Present each desktop as the facet of a cube|
|Desktop Cube Animation||Animate desktop switching with a cube|
|Desktop grid||Zoom out so all desktops are displayed side-by-side in a grid|
|Flip switch||Flip through windows that are in a stack for the alt+tab window switcher|
|Present windows||Zoom out until open windows can be displayed side by side|
|Resize Window||Effect to outline geometry while resizing a window|
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References[edit | edit source]
- "KDE Ships Plasma 5.5 Release". KDE. 2015-12-08.
- "Development/Tutorials/KWin/Scripting". Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- "KDE SC 4.4.0 Caikaku Release Announcement". Retrieved June 13, 2010.
- "KDE Software Compilation 4.5 Beta2 Release Announcement". Retrieved June 13, 2010.
- "Scripting Update Notes". March 6, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- "Plasma Workspaces 4.11 Continues to Refine User Experience". August 14, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
- "New Plasma brings a cleaner interface on top of a new graphics stack". July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
- "KWin/X11 is feature frozen". 2018-01-16.
- Martin Gräßlin (June 18, 2013). "What we did in KWin 4.11".
- Martin Gräßlin (February 18, 2011). "KWin Embraces New Platforms with OpenGL ES 2.0 Support". KDE. KDE.NEWS. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
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