Monthly Archives: May 2008

Justifying window titles

It was said that Metacity doesn’t let you decide whether titles of windows are left-justified (as in modern versions of MS Windows) or centre-justified (as on the Mac). But actually, it’s a theme issue to decide how a title is drawn. Here’s how to change your theme from centre-justified to left-justified. First, find out what […]

Understanding Metacity themes

This is an article about how to theme Metacity. It is a work in progress, and I have had to dig deeply to find some answers; I may well have made mistakes and I welcome corrections and suggestions. GNOME lets you theme a bunch of different things, but we’re only talking about window border themes […]


What is it ? ============ Metacity is a simple compositing window manager that integrates nicely with GNOME 2. What’s changed ? ================ Thanks to Robert Escriva, Iain Holmes, Matt Krai, Thomas Thurman, and Chris Wang for improvements in this version. – Add shadow ability for menus and tooltips (Iain) (#517442 ) (GNOME bug 517524) – […]


Xinerama: “As of 2007-09-20 10:44, this project is no longer under active development.” Does this mean Metacity shouldn’t support it any more? Does everyone use xrandr these days?

Build systems and version control

In GNOME bug 532353, Elijah suggests switching Metacity to waf. Your thoughts on this are requested. I will build this into the test scripts whether or not we go with it in the long term. Also, no work is getting done (or at least checked in) until the openssh débâcle is over and gone. Would […]

Bug hitlist, first week of May

Hooray, hooray, the first of May, Metacity unit and regression testing begins today. Okay, so it doesn’t scan as well as the original, but it’s almost as exciting. Well, perhaps. I (Thomas) am planning the framework at present, have something fairly solid in my head now, and will probably post something up here in the […]