I like twm. No GNOME on top, just plain twm. I used to like KDE, as I’ve always found GNOME to be clunky and rather ugly, but as I became more familiar with the command line, I began to use the terminal windows more and more often. Soon, I would often use KDE with just one big terminal window, sized so it took up 95% of the screen. I would spawn and kill other terminal windows to do specific things, but it was basically not much different from using Linux without starting X at all. The one thing I couldn’t do without, however, was the ability to have multiple different shells running at the same time, pointing at different directories and running different programs.
I realized that most of KDE’s functionality was going to waste, and that I could trim the fat considerably and be perfectly happy. So I switched to twm and I’ve been happy as a clam ever since, content to use something even uglier than Windows 95 because it can do everything I want it to do without taking up much to support functions and programs I rarely use. I’d rather use vim or jed than any KDE Notepad- or Wordpad-knockoff to create and edit text files. I think less is perfect for viewing text files I don’t want to edit. I like knowing that twm isn’t about to start programs behind my back, as it were. twm is twm and it expects me to start every non-twm program my own self, usually from the command line.
I have looked at downloading other window managers, or even switching to sawfish (which I already have), but twm is what I want.
Which window manager is your favorite?