Re: Suggestion: CDE style minimizing to desktop

Jordan Mendler wrote:
> I had a suggestion, but I am not sure if this is a correct place to post
> it, so please let me know if it isn't. I think GNOME should integrate
> the ability to minimize windows to a desktop icon as is the case with
> CDE. I like GNOME a lot better than any other desktop environment,
> except when it comes to managing lots of servers I use CDE solely
> because of this feature. For those that haven't used CDE, by clicking a
> button on a windows title bar's (located in the top right next to
> maximize), CDE will minimize the window to a desktop icon. Then to
> restore the window you just double-click the respective window's icon
> from the desktop. This is very useful because it allows you to have tons
> of programs open and easily accessible without occupying monitor space
> like with the gnome-panel. In my case, I keep an ssh session open to
> every server we have. When I am not using a particular server I just
> minimize the terminal to an icon on the desktop and it is completely out
> of the way. When I need to access any given system I just go to the
> desktop and can very easily locate and open whichever server I need.
> Unfortunately I do not know how to program so I can't do this myself,
> but I thought it would be a really neat and useful feature to be
> considered in subsequent GNOME releases, or possible as an add-on. If
> GNOME added at 4th button to the top-right of each windows so you can
> either exit, maximize/restore windows size, minimize to panel, or
> minimize to desktop I think that would be pretty unique and bad ass. At
> work, I know of at least 2 other administrators that use CDE over GNOME
> for this reason alone. Of course this also means having to have a second
> workstation running GNOME for all my non-terminal needs since CDE is
> otherwise pretty lousy. If GNOME had this feature I could very easily
> have a panel open for email, web, documents, etc and then just keep all
> the ssh sessions minimized to the desktop of the same system.
> Please post any comments or thoughts on this matter. Or, if something
> like this already exists as an add-on or option somewhere please let me
> know. I would be imagine there are a lot of other people that have run
> into this same kind of problem with GNOME, KDE and the like.
If you are worried about desktop real estate, you might want to try the
"window selector" panel applet.  This is appears as a simple menu.  This
works pretty well for a single small panel setup, and leaves room for
other applets.


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