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Old 03-21-2004, 05:00 PM   #1
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Question window manager applications


I have seen numerous windows apps that do things like...
track memory usage
cpu usage
hd space usage
They are little applications that seem to be docked onto the desktop.
I see them in almost all of the screenshots.
What are they called?
Where can they be downloaded?
How do you configure them?
 
Old 03-21-2004, 05:15 PM   #2
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Hi... extremely long character name

Dock apps or Slit apps is what you are looking for.

Gnome and KDE use a "System Try" to give you a look see at things that are running, but are more like "dummy" lights on a dashboard.

Here is one that you can run in "background" or "windowed" mode (actually windowed is the opposite of what is true)

gkrellm -w &

krells are those little applets that tell you system time, cpu info, HDD r/w's etc... Gkrellm is a Gtk wrapper for showing them in a nice window...

There are LOTS of docker apps like that...

That is one that you can use while in Gnome or KDE.

what you are probably referring to are window managers PLUS docker apps which give a nice transparent look to those apps running on a "clean" window manager.

Look up in Google for:

Fluxbox
Blackbox <-- comes with RedHat
IceFM
FVWM
OpenBox 2 and now 3

I happen to like fluxbox. but it is only a window environment, and not a full window manager like KDE or Gnome (or is it the other way around??, hmmm) someone smarter than me can tell you that.

Anyhoo, I also am getting into the lovely niceties of setting up your own window manager... and it is not "easy" there is a LOT of reading to get into for it to run nicely and consistenly.

Warning: you are going to lose a lot of the functionality you have probably become used to if you are used to Gnome or KDE!!! These window managers are user dependent (read as difficult to get used and customize!) but are VERY fast, use very minimal system resources as opposed to bloated yet, more functional, environments such as KDE or Gnome.

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Old 03-21-2004, 05:19 PM   #3
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i'm running fluxbox, aterm, xmms, and root-tail.
I want the system manager that will work with these, and hopefully have the transparancy option available.
Can you recommend any?
Or will the ones you mentioned in your post work for fluxbox 0.9?
 
Old 03-21-2004, 05:24 PM   #4
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Well, there are lots, some I havent even found yet, that like yourself I have seen in screenies, but Gkrellm is a good one and widely available.

just google : gkrellm rpm

** edit, oh and the "theme" for Gkrellm that is transparent is Glass and there is one called Invisible but I havent found it in my list.

have fun
 
Old 03-21-2004, 11:43 PM   #5
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thanks for the gkrellm details.
I found some killer stuff.

http://web.wt.net/~billw/gkrellm/gkrellm.html

http://www.muhri.net/gkrellm/
 
Old 03-22-2004, 04:05 AM   #6
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Question gkrellm

i want this program to run at the start of my x window system.
is there a file i can create that will do this?
every time i execute the gkrellm command in my aterm, the aterm is no longer active. when i exit out of the aterm it removes the gkrellm.
I want gkrellm to activate on the opening of my xwindow.

I'm also wanting to have my root-tail to do this also, and have been unable to find a way to make it work.
The root-tail at least will remain after I cancel out of the aterm that generated it, so that I can live with.

Can I write a file similar to my .Xresource file that would configure my desktop apps for auto execution on login?
 
  


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