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Offline shail.dw

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Iconizing of running apps on desktop
« on: March 15, 2012, 03:31:45 AM »
Is there a way to iconize/iconify a running app on desktop, instead of getting it listed in the right click menu, and its disappearance upon closure of the application. Many distros do that. Tinycore version 4.3)

Also if one iconifies it on the desktop, perhaps no need of its entry in right click menu.

Thanx.

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Re: Iconizing of running apps on desktop
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 04:17:30 AM »
Depends on the desktop manager, if you are referring to flwm (the tinycore default desktop), you have to see if this feature is supported, this is not so much a matter of distros

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Re: Iconizing of running apps on desktop
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 08:52:12 PM »
a quick glance at the flwm website tells you that minimize to menu was chosen as a feature over minimize to 'desktop'

you might try rox-filer. I don't know if tinycore supports the full rox desktop. Do any TC users use this for their desktop?

the other way to approximate what you want is to grab a panel or task bar. bmpanel and tint2 are popular ones and they are in the repository.

idesk gives you icons in the deskop. they might only launch and not minimize.

http://backstep.sourceforge.net/index.html
will do exactly what you want, you'll need an EMWH compliant window manager.
(for those who build WM extensions for the repository- maybe we should tag those?)
and you'll need to package it or ask someone else very very nicely.

tinycore gives you a little ball of digital clay - you can sculpt it pretty much however you want.
if you want everything to work the way you want out of the box tho, you might want to pick something that comes in a bigger box.

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Re: Iconizing of running apps on desktop
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 09:41:24 PM »
tinycore gives you a little ball of digital clay - you can sculpt it pretty much however you want.
if you want everything to work the way you want out of the box tho, you might want to pick something that comes in a bigger box.

I like this  :)

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Re: Iconizing of running apps on desktop
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012, 09:55:07 PM »
Very nicely put. Maybe this should be added to the Tinycore website, possibly the intro page.

Offline shail.dw

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Re: Iconizing of running apps on desktop
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2012, 08:06:02 AM »
Thanx Solorin for your replies; here, and in person. I will return to this post later. I mean to see it on flwm, and not on heavyweights like Gnome, KDE, LXDE .... etc.

Climbing with those mountains presents one with another problem, that of not willing to have those "permanent icons" on desktop with which they always cheer you up. I mean one's home directory, Trash bin etc. etc. on the desktop. I want a totally clean desktop, with icons of running apps only as long they are in run, and then only a plain .

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Re: Iconizing of running apps on desktop
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2012, 11:03:32 PM »
sorry for the necrothread bump.
correcting a long overdue attribution.

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tinycore gives you a little ball of digital clay - you can sculpt it pretty much however you want.

as much as i would like to take credit for this turn of phrase.
it actually comes from http://matt.might.usesthis.com/

the phrase just embedded itself in my brain and
i couldn't find the reference after i regurgitated it.
just stumbled on it again today.
really there's no point in bringing it up.
except that the link leads to this great reference.
http://matt.might.net/articles/basic-unix/
which might be helpful to people new to unix/linux.

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Re: Iconizing of running apps on desktop
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2012, 07:26:53 AM »
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...leads to this great reference.
http://matt.might.net/articles/basic-unix/

Well, that might be an intersting read...  ;)

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