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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #30 on: September 09, 2016, 08:49:21 am »
Does it bother you that the hotcorner/xfdashboard combo opens xfdashboard when you go to your hotcorner but the only way to close xfdashboard is to either select something or hit "Esc" ?
(it does me ::))

Wouldn't it be nice if the hotcorner "toggled" xfdashboard open/close ?

Okay here's how.....

Run:
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sudo pluma /usr/sbin/xfdashboard
when a BLANK file opens make it read
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#!/bin/bash
pidof  xfdashboard >/dev/null
if [[ $? -ne 0 ]] ; then
        /usr/bin/xfdashboard &
else
        /usr/bin/xfdashboard -q &
fi
SAVE the file and exit pluma

make it executable
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sudo chmod +x /usr/sbin/xfdashboard
Now in the xfdashboard panel plugin preferences, make sure there's NO tick in "Disable when active window is full screen"
now your xfdashboard hotcorner will open xfdashboard, and close it again if you revisit it whilst xfdashboard is open.



To undo
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sudo rm -v /usr/sbin/xfdashboard
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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #31 on: September 09, 2016, 09:12:08 am »
Does it bother you that the hotcorner/xfdashboard combo opens xfdashboard when you go to your hotcorner but the only way to close xfdashboard is to either select something or hit "Esc" ?
(it does me ::))

Wouldn't it be nice if the hotcorner "toggled" xfdashboard open/close ?
Yeah, that's a lot more convenient - thanks  ;).
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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #32 on: September 09, 2016, 10:32:31 am »
NP .. it was driving me nutz only opening not closing ???
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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #33 on: September 09, 2016, 06:50:11 pm »
Interesting !

The only thing that really annoys me, with xfdashboard, is the desktop switcher panel. 

In (the real) G3 dashboard, the thumbnails display the contents of all desktops, not just the one that is focused, and icons for the rest of them.

That's what drives ME crazy ! Other than that, it's a pretty good imitation of the real thing IMO -- and I've been using GS for years.

Anyway, I'll try your haxor.  It's very creative !  You should submit a pull on GitHub ...   8)

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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #34 on: September 11, 2016, 05:24:00 am »
Guys,  IMHO xfdashboard and hot corners made a defining move forward in history of xfce  (and Peppermint). This is one of the most important developments I experienced here. Thank you.

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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #35 on: September 11, 2016, 10:43:25 am »
Guys,  IMHO xfdashboard and hot corners made a defining move forward in history of xfce  (and Peppermint). This is one of the most important developments I experienced here. Thank you.

Great add-ons, aren't they ?

There are other add-ons available too, but those were the crème de la crème !   ;)

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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #36 on: September 11, 2016, 12:04:06 pm »
You're most welcome mracz :)
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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #37 on: September 19, 2016, 02:06:38 pm »
I only use LXDE, or a mixture of XFCE/LXDE like Peppermint offers... I prefer it for it's lightweight but still semi-modern appearance. I prefer the simple appearance as well. As long as you put a good theme on it, you hardly notice that it's a basic/lightweight DE. For a window manager, I use Openbox... I don't really have a reason for it, other than it just seems to work out of the box really nicely and I never had any issues with it.
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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #38 on: March 17, 2017, 08:16:59 am »
Does it bother you that the hotcorner/xfdashboard combo opens xfdashboard when you go to your hotcorner but the only way to close xfdashboard is to either select something or hit "Esc" ?
(it does me ::))

Wouldn't it be nice if the hotcorner "toggled" xfdashboard open/close ?

Thanks! That's really helpful

I love gnome3 but have a few issues - Ubuntu Gnome doesn't have a community like this, and feels a bit soulless. There's no OS specific themes etc, and changing shell etc is a faff for the average user.

Loving the speed and stability of P7.   I didn't like Whiskermenu at first but got used to it.

xfdashboard has given me back much of what I liked best about Gnome 3.  I wouldn't be without hot corners now.

Any advice appreciated though on my current frustration.....

To save me using the menu at all, I'm also using conky.  Ice remains a completely cool thing, but although you can add your ice items to conky, you don't get the right icon.

But do I need conky? When I open xfdashboard, there's a panel.  But I see no option to add to or customize it?  I've googled it but there doesn't seem to be much about how to get the best of out it.

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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #39 on: March 17, 2017, 08:42:10 am »
I only use LXDE, or a mixture of XFCE/LXDE like Peppermint offers... I prefer it for it's lightweight but still semi-modern appearance. I prefer the simple appearance as well. As long as you put a good theme on it, you hardly notice that it's a basic/lightweight DE. For a window manager, I use Openbox... I don't really have a reason for it, other than it just seems to work out of the box really nicely and I never had any issues with it.

Those are my favorites too --Xfce, LXDE, and Openbox (Crunchbang-style).  Attractive as I consider Unity's UI/DE to be, I've always experienced issues with it.  I've never quite connected with KDE, Cinnamon, or MATE.
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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #40 on: March 17, 2017, 03:03:53 pm »
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To save me using the menu at all, I'm also using conky.  Ice remains a completely cool thing, but although you can add your ice items to conky, you don't get the right icon.

But do I need conky? When I open xfdashboard, there's a panel.  But I see no option to add to or customize it?  I've googled it but there doesn't seem to be much about how to get the best of out it.

Are you actually talking about "conky", or do you mean "docky" or "plank", or "cairo-dock" ?



Is the xfdashboard panel not like the gnome/unity panel .. you open an app and it displays on the panel, you then right click it on the ppanel and choose sommat like "pin to panel" ?

It's been a while since I used xfdashboard
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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #41 on: March 29, 2017, 08:37:11 am »
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I've been rather away from this forum, and well, even though i'm not necessarily using Peppermintos for now (Weird reasons for not to, but well, still love it as a "Deploy and use" distro for some situations) i would like to know what you all think about DEs and WMs you ever tried out, such as Mate, KDE, Openbox, I3wm, and of course a huge ammount of others i did not mention. Feel free to mention "Mix n matches" like PeppermintOS' "Xfce/lxde/mate/love"

I came across your question the other day. When I discovered Peppermint-5, its been a no-brainer, since.

Here are my personal observations: https://sites.google.com/site/myonlinehousekeeping/home/peppermint-7 and reasons why.
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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #42 on: March 29, 2017, 09:03:59 am »
Nice observations cavy :)

In fact a nice site all round.
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Re: Your opinion on DEs and WMs
« Reply #43 on: March 29, 2017, 12:48:47 pm »
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Nice observations cavy :)

In fact a nice site all round.

Cheers fella  :D
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