Caution: This does seem to be a bit unstable (window managers sometimes just
die, but so far no lockups on the ones that survive).
I'm sure this is old stuff for some Linux users, but I just found out how to
run different window managers (WindowMaker, Icewm, Blackbox, etc) at the same
time (from www.linux-howto.com, the "Josh's Linux Guide" section). I have my
.xinitrc set up like
and I normally just uncomment the WM I want to run. But I didn't know that you
could run WindowMaker by typing "startx", open up an xterm, edit the .xinitrc
file to start Blackbox, type "nohup startx -- :1 -quiet &" and switch back and
forth between WindowMaker and Blackbox by "ctrl-alt-F7" and "ctrl-alt-F8".
It does take up tons of memory (I have 128MB, so I have been able to open up 4
different WM's), but I haven't noticed any real slowdowns. If your question is
"why would you want to do this anyway", then the answer is "just to see the cool
things that Linux can do".