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#1 2010-09-24 18:18:02

genco
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Registered: 2010-09-24
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Looking for a "CDE like" desktop

I'm looking for a CDE-like environment for Red Hat Linux where when you shrink a window it doesn't drop into a task bar, rather it just becomes a movable icon on the desktop.

For example, I'd like to start several hundred "terminal" or "xterms", shrink each one, and manually position them anywhere on the desktop.

Can I do this with Xfce?

Thanks!

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#2 2010-09-24 19:31:36

herd
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Re: Looking for a "CDE like" desktop

Yes, you can.
Settings->Desktop, third tab.

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#3 2022-04-02 06:22:34

dchmelik
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Re: Looking for a "CDE like" desktop

So am I but additionally would like a 'program manager' (Windows 3, win3 thing; CDE copied win3) which was four or more program group windows containing start icons of programs in each category(until win95 replaced with start menu.)  I heard XFCE used to be like CDE is/was this possible?  I forgot what other win3 features were still usable in win9n/ME, but win3 was my favourite GUI style...
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#4 2022-04-02 11:23:20

ToZ
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Re: Looking for a "CDE like" desktop

Hello and welcome

dchmelik wrote:

So am I but additionally would like a 'program manager' (Windows 3, win3 thing; CDE copied win3) which was four or more program group windows containing start icons of programs in each category(until win95 replaced with start menu.)
  I heard XFCE used to be like CDE is/was this possible?  I forgot what other win3 features were still usable in win9n/ME, but win3 was my favourite GUI style...

You can do something similar using yad. You'll need to group your application .desktop files in separately directories depending on how you want them grouped, and you can create icons on your desktop to run something like:

yad --title Programs --window-icon gtk-edit --width 500 --height 400 --no-buttons --icons --icon-size 32 --item-width 72 --read-dir ~/.local/share/applications/

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#5 2022-04-02 11:44:21

dchmelik
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Re: Looking for a "CDE like" desktop

Looks excellent but I don't use icons in the desktop area anymore--I'd maybe have to mess-generate .desktop files for entire applications menu...

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