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Matchbox is a free and open source window manager for the X Window System. It is mainly intended for embedded systems and differs from most other window managers in that it only shows one window at a time. It is used by Maemo on Nokia Internet Tablets, the Neo 1973 smartphone based on Openmoko, the Vernier LabQuest handheld data acquisition device for science education, as well as on the XO-1 of the One Laptop Per Child Project.[2] It has been replaced on later OLPC software builds by Metacity.[3]

Matchbox window manager logo.png
Original author(s)Matthew Allum
Developer(s)OpenedHand, Yocto Project
Initial releaseApril 13, 2007; 12 years ago (2007-04-13)
Stable release
2 / April 9, 2012; 7 years ago (2012-04-09)
Operating systemLinux
Available inC[1]
TypeX window manager
LicenseGPL v2+


Matchbox 2Edit

Matchbox Window Manager II is a complete rewrite of the original m-w-m. It is in early stages of development, but no commits have been made to its source code repository since 2012.

Matchbox-ui forkEdit

Matchbox has been forked and is currently being worked on at

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Matchbox Open Source Project on Ohloh". Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  2. ^ "Behind the OLPC price bump: better hardware". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2007-07-27.
  3. ^ "Sugarlabs Features/Metacity".

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