Phoronix: TWM Updated For 2010: X Render Support, Etc
We are just a few days into 2010, but the standard (basic) window manager for X.Org, TWM, has finally received some updates. TWM has been around for 13 years and under the hands of many developers, but is now receiving some new development love from Eeri Kask...
Hahaha. I actually found myself using twm yesterday while KDE 4.3 was compiling. I did wonder to myself whether there was something better I could use as a fallback. This is nuts.
TWM was first released in April 1988 (according to the author), not too long after X Windows came out. It was definitely usable back then - I know as I used it in 1989. I have no idea where you got 13 years from.
The only magical thing about TWM is that it's the only Window Manager included in the Xorg code base.
That is really all there is to it. The majority of the time it's only used for developers that have just finixhed compiling X and are downloading and setting up the build process for whatever they are going to use later on.