New desktop

Jasper Huijsmans jasper at
Mon Oct 6 17:27:02 CEST 2003

Op ma 06-10-2003, om 16:52 schreef edscott wilson garcia:
> On Mon, 2003-10-06 at 08:12, Luca Roccia wrote:
> > Hi
> > 
> > I'm writing a new desktop manager.
> > Right now it can handle icons (no alpha channel only bg transparency and
> > caption hasn't got transparency at all right now) and change the
> > background (I'm still coding for a decent root menu).
> > 
> > It doesn't create a big window to cover root window; so there will be
> > problems at all with programs like xsnox & co.

I'm very interested to see what you come up with, but ... (there's
always a 'but', isn't there? ;-)

Keep in mind that there probably is a reason all the big players use the
desktop window approach. IIRC, ROX changed to using a desktop window for
performance reasons and easier blending and anti-aliasing of icons.

BTW, if you mean by icons on the desktop, laucher icons / shortcuts, I
really don't like those. If you mean minimized program icons, I'm all
for it, provided they can be turned off.

> I like that. I never did fancy the big window on top of root window when
> I first saw it in K.. The following abilities would be nice:
> 1- Different backgrounds for different workspaces
> 2- When a list of images is used for background, be able to change them
> on a timeout basis instead of only by login/logout

hmm, edscott, you are aware that running xfdesktop again will update the
background, aren't you?

> 3- Compatibility with the xfce4 menu.xml

I do intend to change it a little, adding an <include /> tag to include
other menu files, but otherwise it should stay the same.


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