[nSLUG] Frame buffer console(s) won't go away

Jack Warkentin jwark at bellaliant.net
Tue Jun 3 19:38:38 ADT 2014

Hi Mike

You don't need a "cute desktop environment". What you *do* need is a 
special window variously called a "panel" or a "taskbar", that includes 
a system tray capability. There are several lightweight versions of 
such. In Debian, here are the names of a two packages that supply one.

Package: tint2

Description: lightweight taskbar
  Tint is a simple panel/taskbar intentionally made for openbox3, but 
should also work with other window managers. The taskbar includes 
transparency and color settings for the font, icons, border, and 
background. It also supports multihead setups, customized mouse actions, 
and a built-in clock. Tint was originally based on ttm code. Since then, 
support has also been added for a battery monitor and system tray.

The goal is to keep a clean and unintrusive look with lightweight code 
and compliance with freedesktop specification.

Homepage: http://code.google.com/p/tint2/

Package: perlpanel

Description: lean menu and launcher panel written in Perl and Gtk2
  PerlPanel draws a small taskbar on your screen to display some useful 
widgets like a programs menu, some shortcut icons, a system tray and so 
on. It's similar to the Windows Taskbar, the GNOME Panel, and KDE's Kicker.

PerlPanel is completely independent of any particular environment. You 
can use it with any window manager, without need for one of the big 
desktop environments.

You can create your own applets to show and do whatever you need using
Perl and the Gtk2 bindings for it. It's no problem to run several 
PerlPanels at the same time.

Homepage: http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/perlpanel/

There is even a standalone system tray application.

Package: trayer

Description: Lightweight GTK2-based systray for UNIX desktop
trayer is a small program designed to provide systray functionality
present in GNOME/KDE desktop environments for window managers which
do not support that function. System tray is a place, where various
applications put their icons, so they are always visible presenting
status of applications and allowing user to control programs.

The code started out as an extraction from fbpanel.

Homepage: http://github.com/sargon/trayer-srg

Hope this helps.



Mike Spencer wrote:
> Now I need to determine how many packages from "install everything
> except KDE" I can dump to make a little more HD space. Or maybe get a
> bigger HD. Because NetworkManager's user app, nm-applet says:
>         nm-applet conforms to the XDG System Tray specification and
>         requires that the desktop environment provide a System Tray
>         implementation in which the applet will be embedded.
> only I don't use KDE so I don't have a "system tray".  Feh.  Is this
> the coming thing?  "Our code only runs if you use a cute desktop
> environment"?

Jack Warkentin, phone 902-404-0457, email jwark at bellaliant.net
39 Inverness Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3P 1X6

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