IceWM on Cygwin

Back when I was an intern at IBM, all the cool kids ran IceWM on top of Cygwin as their X11 window manager. Since there’s no pre-built package, you have to build it from source. Here’s what worked for me:

Compile IceWM on Cygwin

If you don’t care to run a separate window manager, the Cygwin environment, or a local xterm, VcXsrv Windows X Server is my favorite alternative and comes with PuTTY plink.exe to handle SSH.

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About Kris Hom

Senior Software Engineer at Google

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