Stuff that rocks
This section is for small, usable development libraries, which can be used for writing software that sucks less. These should preferrably be under the MIT/X consortium or BSD licenses, WTFPL, or public domain, or alternatively LGPL, because it makes them legally compatible with other suckless projects.
- musl - standard C library that attempts to be even smaller than uClibc
- uClibc - strives to be a minimalist C library suitable for embedded computing
- See also: embedded libc comparison
- liblzf - very fast, legally unencumbered compression library (dual licensed: 2-clause BSD or GPL License)
- xz embedded - lightweight decompressor for the xz LZMA compressor (public domain)
- zlib - the “standard” compression/decompression library, quite small, used in many applications (zlib license)
- miniz - single C-file reimplementation of zlib, public domain.
- polarssl - lightweight SSL/TLS implementation (GPL with exceptions)
- ©yassl - portable RTOS-targeted embedded SSL library - licensed under both the GPLv2 as well as standard commercial licensing
- pjsip - open source SIP stack (GPL)
- libev - high performance event-loop modeled after libevent but much smaller (dual licensed under 2-clause BSD and GPL)
- termbox - simple ncurses-like library for creating TUIs
- ccv - C-based/Cached/Core Computer Vision Library, A Modern Computer Vision Library
- morpheus - a statically linked musl based Linux distro
Some programs work well with dwm. Some general rules of thumb for judging a programs as usable are:
- The program will accept any window size
- The program consists of a single window (there are no nested windows, such as in Xpdf)
This covers most console-based programs and programs from plan9port.
- C* Music Player
- mpd - A client/server based music player with console and graphical front-ends.
- mpg123 - A console mpg player which doesn’t use auto*hell, or extra libraries.
- vorbis-tools (Ogg/FLAC) - Command-line tools to play Ogg and FLAC files.
- btpd - The BitTorrent Protocol Daemon
- ii - A FIFO based IRC client which is part of the suckless.org project.
- ircc - A no-frills, ncurses free, console-based IRC client.
- ircrc - An rc-based IRC client similar to ircc. Needs minor modification to run on UNIX.
- sic - Another suckless.org IRC client. Similar to ircc.
- quIRC - a lightweight console IRC client
- jpg/gif/bmp/png - Simple programs from Plan 9 to display images in no-frills windows. Included with plan9port.
- meh - image viewer using raw XLib, libjpeg, libpng and libgif
- page - Plan 9’s image/document viewer program. Included with plan9port.
- sxiv - Simple (or small or suckless) X Image Viewer. Depends on xlib and imlib2.
Instant Messaging Clients
- bitlbee - A program to translate IM protocols to IRC. You can now IM from your IRC client, and you don’t even need to install anything.
- CenterIM - A centericq fork.
- mcabber - A console jabber client.
- Mail - A mail client for acme. Included with plan9port.
- dmc - A minimalistic approach to a commandline mail client (WIP)
- fdm - MDA
- heirloom-mailx - A mail client based on the original Berkeley Mail 8.1 with many new features.
- mplayer (without GUI) - You know mplayer, but you may not know that it works well without the GUI.
- acme - Rob Pike’s framing text editor for Plan 9. Included in plan9port.
- ired (Minimalist hexadecimal editor and bindiffer for p9, w32 and *nix)
- nvi - A small, multiple file vi-alike.
- sam - An editor by Rob Pike with inspiration from ed.
- traditional vi - A fixed version of the original vi.
- vim (With the GUI, use
:set go+=cto kill popup dialogs)
- wily - An acme clone for POSIX.
- ed - ED IS THE STANDARD TEXT EDITOR!
- 9menu - A menu program based on the Blit-style menus so prevalent in Plan 9. A take on it is included with wmii.
- dmenu - Obvious
- slmenu - Dmenu spinoff for the console
- Conkeror - A Gecko based browser, imparting it Emacs style key bindings, appearances, and behaviors.
- dwb - A lightweight web browser based on the webkit.
- jumanji - A highly customizable and functional web browser based on the libwebkit.
- uzbl - Web interface tools which adhere to the unix philosophy.
- Vimperator - An extension to make Firefox keyboard friendly and Vim-like.
- VimFX - Another extension to make Firefox Vim-like. Less invasive than Vimperator
- xombrero - A minimalist web browser with sophisticated security features designed-in. Formerly known as xxxterm
- xdotool – A tool for scripting X11 actions.
- xzoom – A simple zoom application.
- xclip – A tool for controlling the X11 clipboard.
- keynav – A new way for keyboard selection.
- ffcast – Simple screencasting.
This section is dedicated to Daemons that are related to the UNIX philosophy (but don’t really belong into the cool programs section which is about programs which work well with dwm).
- thttpd - Outperforms many bigger httpds. Old, still works very well!
- mini_httpd - By the thttpd developers. Even smaller subset of thttpd with support for .htpasswd, CGI, dirlisting, HTTP errors and SSL, nothing more or less than that.
- See also: our very own quark which has not yet been released
- geomyidae - small gopher-daemon written by 20h
- scron - simple crond.