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Old 10-26-2006, 07:28 AM   #1
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can i run a program as my backround?


im trying to write a widget application similar to desklets for lunix and dont know how to run a program as the desktop backround. i basically want a program to run where the desktop backround would be. can anyone advise me? thanks very much
 
Old 10-26-2006, 08:35 AM   #2
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I'm no expert, but might I suggest you check out gDesklets' or SuperKaramba's code to get some hints? Or even use their code and lock it down to work with your widget alone (and customise it accordingly)? What language do you want to do this in, and will it be for a particular DE?
 
Old 10-26-2006, 09:03 AM   #3
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i want to ideally write it for slackware but redhat would be ok too. and am thinking of programming in c or java. thanks
 
Old 10-26-2006, 09:11 AM   #4
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I belive that it might depend on the window manager you're using. For example, KDE, in the "Advanced" section of the display configuration screens has a "Run application as background" option. Other window managers may have similar option.

Not being too interested in his, I've never investigated the requirements of a program that is to be run as a background. Although I do use kdeworld as a background for one of my desktops.
 
Old 10-26-2006, 09:14 AM   #5
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Sorry - I meant DE as in Desktop Environment (eg. Gnome or KDE), not distro As you'll likely be using either the Qt or GTK+ toolkit, it might be worth deciding now (and which language you'll be using). If you want to code it in C or Python, GTK+ is the best choice (IMHO), but you can go for Qt if you wish.
 
Old 10-26-2006, 09:42 AM   #6
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cheers, im hoping to write it for fluxbox but failing that kde. ill look into the kdeworld thing though. thanks
 
  


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