I'm running xfce4, but without the panel. I get all the information I might get from the panel from conky, a list of running programs from middle click and program launchers etc from right click. It might sound odd but I enjoy the extra screen space.
However, I ran up against a problem. I really need to run the power manager (and probably some other stuff as time goes on) but as far as I can tell this can only be done with the panel running. Can I make the panel invisible (auto hide isn't enough)? Can I run panel programs without it? If I should just give up and go to a different desktop environment, can you suggest one?
Thanks a lot.