Barebones xfce

Alexander Toresson alexander.toresson at
Wed Jul 8 11:42:39 CEST 2009

On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 10:35 AM, Auke Kok<auke at> wrote:
> Alexander Toresson wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 4:13 AM, Auke Kok<auke at> wrote:
>>> Thiago Varela wrote:
>>>> On Tue, 7 Jul 2009 16:02:03 -0400 (EDT)
>>>> Well, that's what I tried to implicitly state before: you don't need a
>>>> window
>>>> manager if you do not want any windows at all.
>>>> But if you need any sort of popups or widgets, then you DO want windows,
>>>> therefore needing some way to do the window management, aka a window
>>>> manager.
>>> start xfwm4 (nothing else) and your application only. make sure that
>>> popup
>>> windows are raised to the foreground. should be all you need.
>> A problem with that setup may be that minimized windows just
>> disappear. A solution might be to also run xfdesktop and use the
>> setting to show minimized windows as icons.
> I think xfwm4 still allows you to alt-tab to them anyway....
> Auke

Yes, of course. But it may not be straight-forward that you can bring
back the window with alt-tab, if 'normal' users are supposed to use
I had xfwm4 + xftaskbar4 + idesk running on a old box for my parents
to use (while their computer was broken), and I remember finding a
second firefox started, even tho the old one was just minimized :)
I'm trying to say that if the computer is supposed to always be
running one window in fullscreen, it might be an idea to have a setup
that disables minimizing, if a minimized window will be invisible.
Oh, and I had forgotten, xfwm4 can do that -- just remove the minimize
button -- and disable any key shortcut.

// Alexander

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