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-=== GNUstep is NOT a window manager ===+=== What is GNUstep? ===
-Why is this confusion floating around? [[Window Maker]] is the most often-used NeXT-looking application on a non-NeXT system. [[Window Maker]] also uses a derivation of the GNUstep logo. [[Window Maker]] is the official GNUstep window manager, but GNUstep applications also work with any window manager, although you're most likely, currently, to have a more cohesive desktop experience if you use the two in conjunction.+[[GNUstep]] is an advanced, cross-platform, object oriented environment composed of frameworks, tools and servers (daemons). It is very close to the [http://developer.apple.com/cocoa/ Cocoa] frameworks from [http://www.apple.com Apple] and tries to maintain compatibility with Cocoa wherever it is desired and possible. The roots of the GNUstep application interface are same as the roots of Cocoa: NeXT and [[OpenStep]].
-=== What is GNUstep? ===+=== GNUstep is NOT a Window Manager ===
-[[GNUstep]] is an advanced, cross-platform, object oriented environment composed of frameworks, tools and servers (daemons). It is very close to the [http://developer.apple.com/cocoa/ Cocoa] frameworks from [http://www.apple.com Apple] and tries to maintain compatibility with Cocoa wherever it is desired and possible. The roots of the GNUstep application interface are same as the roots of Cocoa: Ne XT and [[OpenStep]].+Why is this confusion floating around? [[Window Maker]] is the most often-used NeXT-looking application on a non-NeXT system. Window Maker also uses a derivation of the GNUstep logo. Window Maker is the official GNUstep window manager, but GNUstep applications also work with any window manager, although you're most likely, currently, to have a more cohesive desktop experience if you use the two in conjunction.
-=== Why is GNUstep using WindowMaker's icon? ===+=== Why is GNUstep Using Window Maker's Icon? ===
-It's not. WindowMaker is actually using ours. The GNUstep yin/yang icon was created by Ayis Theseas Pyrros for GNUstep, not for WindowMaker.+It's not. Window Maker is actually using ours. The GNUstep yin/yang icon was created by Ayis Theseas Pyrros for GNUstep, not for Window Maker.
=== Relation to [[Window Maker]] === === Relation to [[Window Maker]] ===
[[Window Maker]] is a window manager, not a workspace manager nor a file browser. It is nothing more. [[Window Maker]] is a window manager, not a workspace manager nor a file browser. It is nothing more.
-[[Window Maker]] and GNUstep share almost no libraries or functionality. [[Window Maker]] is written in C, and GNUstep is written in [[Objective-C]]. [[Window Maker]] does make certain things easier for GNUstep, but it is not GNUstep itself, although it is a part of the project.+Window Maker and GNUstep share almost no libraries or functionality. Window Maker is written in C, and GNUstep is written in [[Objective-C]]. Window Maker is not GNUstep itself, although it is a part of the project.
-=== The Importance of this difference ===+=== The Importance of This Difference ===
-In many people's minds the environment and the frameworks used to create programs merges. [[Window Maker]] can be used with QT or GNOME apps, just as easily as it can be used with GNUstep. Similarly GNUstep applications can run using KWM (KDE's preferred Window Manager) or Enlightenment (GNOME's old, old preferred Window Manager -- since then they went through Sawfish and now Metacity). This misconception can make one lose sight of the powerful programming frameworks underneath.+In many people's minds the environment and the frameworks used to create programs are merged. [[Window Maker]] can be used with QT or GNOME apps, just as easily as it can be used with GNUstep. Similarly GNUstep applications can run using KWM (KDE's preferred Window Manager) or Enlightenment (GNOME's old, old preferred Window Manager -- since then they went through Sawfish and now Metacity). This misconception can make one lose sight of the powerful programming frameworks underneath.
-=== Please note ===+=== Please Note ===
-[[Window Maker]] is an excellent window manager and none of the preceeding should be construed to imply otherwise.+[[Window Maker]] is an excellent window manager and none of the preceding should be construed to imply otherwise.
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GNUstep is NOT Window Maker

In order to prevent misinformation ...

What is GNUstep?

GNUstep is an advanced, cross-platform, object oriented environment composed of frameworks, tools and servers (daemons). It is very close to the Cocoa frameworks from Apple and tries to maintain compatibility with Cocoa wherever it is desired and possible. The roots of the GNUstep application interface are same as the roots of Cocoa: NeXT and OpenStep.

GNUstep is NOT a Window Manager

Why is this confusion floating around? Window Maker is the most often-used NeXT-looking application on a non-NeXT system. Window Maker also uses a derivation of the GNUstep logo. Window Maker is the official GNUstep window manager, but GNUstep applications also work with any window manager, although you're most likely, currently, to have a more cohesive desktop experience if you use the two in conjunction.

Why is GNUstep Using Window Maker's Icon?

It's not. Window Maker is actually using ours. The GNUstep yin/yang icon was created by Ayis Theseas Pyrros for GNUstep, not for Window Maker.

Relation to Window Maker

Window Maker is a window manager, not a workspace manager nor a file browser. It is nothing more. Window Maker and GNUstep share almost no libraries or functionality. Window Maker is written in C, and GNUstep is written in Objective-C. Window Maker is not GNUstep itself, although it is a part of the project.

The Importance of This Difference

In many people's minds the environment and the frameworks used to create programs are merged. Window Maker can be used with QT or GNOME apps, just as easily as it can be used with GNUstep. Similarly GNUstep applications can run using KWM (KDE's preferred Window Manager) or Enlightenment (GNOME's old, old preferred Window Manager -- since then they went through Sawfish and now Metacity). This misconception can make one lose sight of the powerful programming frameworks underneath.

Please Note

Window Maker is an excellent window manager and none of the preceding should be construed to imply otherwise.