Theres a great article by Jack Wallen that covers two alternative Linux window managers, Fluxbox and AfterStep.
Desktop customization in Linux is very flexible; from the ultra-modern KDE and GNOME window managers to with the likes of Fluxbox and AfterStep, there’s a Linux desktop to suit everyone. Jack Wallen covers some of your Linux desktop options.
This document describes how to set up a Fedora desktop – including how to enable special mouse buttons, improve laptop support (depending on your model), set up printers (especially HP) and the usage of Compiz Fusion. The result is a fast, secure and extendable system that provides all you need for daily work and entertainment.
This howto is a practical guide without any warranty – it doesn’t cover the theoretical backgrounds. There are many ways to set up such a system – this is the way I chose.