WM eye candy

  • June 28, 2004
  • Brian Tarricone

i was poking about on slashdot, and noticed an article about sun’s “looking glass” window manager. it renders windows in 3D, presumably using your hardware’s 3D acceleration (i hope). they have some screenshots up, and they’re pretty nifty. i can’t say anything about how functional that kind of stuff is without actually trying it, but it sure does look cool.

Shortcut editor

  • June 22, 2004
  • Jean-François

On the 17th, Olivier applied a patch i prepared to add a shortcut editor in the xfwm4 mcs-plugin; since i have improved it a little (it uses Brian’s XfceFileChooser now). It allows you to edit the window shortcuts and the 10 command shortcuts.

Menu shadow effect for gtk+-2.4.3

  • June 20, 2004
  • Olivier

Hey, I took some time to prepare RPM packages and pre-patched source archives of gtk+-2.4.3 with the menu shadow patch applied (the patch remains the same and applies fine on gtk+-2.4.3)

Updates from the usual xfce page or from Sourceforge.

Add some noise to this blog

  • June 20, 2004
  • Jasper Huijsmans

I saw this on Planet Gnome: a very interesting read about copyright and DRM; a guy from EFF gives a talk for Microsoft to explain why DRM is bad for bussiness and society.

Also, we need more off-topic (non-xfce) blog entries. Everyone else has them ;-)

Panel icon themes

  • June 19, 2004
  • Jasper Huijsmans

Yesterday I added a new panel icon theme implementation in CVS. The panel now follows the general icon theme, that can be set in the user interface dialog.

The goal is to have a fully themed panel with all the major icon themes (gnome and kde ones) out there, without having to create special xfce icons. To achieve this I use a list of possible icon names based on gnome and kde themes.

Unfortunately, the currently available icon themes are far from complete even for gnome and kde. I hope there will be a default icon name spec on freedesktop.org soon. That would help a lot.

So, the panel now looks for icons in this order:

  1. Xfce icons in the current theme, e.g. xfce-terminal.
  2. Gnome and/or kde icons in the current theme, e.g. gnome-terminal.
  3. A default (fallback) icon in the ‘hicolor’ theme, which is actually returned in the first looup step already.

For the new xfce icon names you can look in the icons/ directory in CVS.

X(f)term colors

  • June 18, 2004
  • Danny


people are asking how to change xfterm color,
and I noticed that its not documented anywhere here.

xfterm4 is a wrapper that calls the terminal defined in the TERMCMD environment variable or else xterm.

So, to do that, you define so called X resources for xterm.
The program “xrdb” aids you with that, either directly by calling it and typing, or you put it into a file in your home directory, called .Xresources
Your xinit scripts will usually call xrdb for you.

An example Xresources file is at http://www.gonetoo.de/dannym/Xresources

X resources apply only to newly opened programs, so reopen your Xterm

Hope that helps someone :)

xfwm4 native multihead support

  • June 16, 2004
  • Olivier

Hey, xfwm4 now supports native multi screen and is able to manage all the screens connected to a display from a single xfwm4 process.

Adding this caused deep and complex changes in the core of xfwm4, so that might be still a bit rough on the edges…

If someone with the HW could just test… What’s needed is a multiscreen configuration but without running Xinerama (ie, a setup with :0.0 and :0.1 as screens, for example)


xfdesktop rewrite done

  • June 16, 2004
  • Brian Tarricone

well, it’s been quite a while since i posted here. i was getting tired of posting bad news, so i decided to stop.

but now i have good news: i finished my partial rewrite of xfdesktop, and not only is it designed much better now for multihead support, the app-crashing problem is gone (at least for me).

probably easiest is to point you to my post to the mailing list. the tarball can be downloaded here. hopefully i’ll have it all merged into CVS in a few days.

enjoy ^_^

Xfce wiki is back online

  • June 6, 2004
  • Fuzzbox


Thanks to Marcus Moeller, who already provides Xfce packages for Suse 9.1, the Xfce wiki is back online. It includes all data collected on the previous Biju Chacko’s wiki page.