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sc0ttman


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PostPosted: Mon 11 Sep 2017, 05:42    Post subject:  xlunch
Subject description: can be your desktop, or even replace your WM
 

http://xlunch.org/

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This is xlunch, the coolest graphical app launcher for Xorg/X11. It requires only pure Xlib and Imlib2. It allows you to run programs, commands, or simply select something out of a list using your mouse, keyboard, or both! UTF8 is fully supported meaning you can have text of all kinds. The prompt allows you to run arbitrary commands, and it works to filter your entries as well. xlunch is also highly configurable, both in functionality and style, it can even be used as a desktop! See below for more




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Available Modes

One time launcher mode - this is default mode. There is no need to specify any command line parameter for this mode. In this mode, xlunch opens as a fullscreen application, and offers a screen with icons to select applications to run, plus command line which serves as a filter for the icons at the same time. Running any app or command ends the launcher. You can also cancel the launcher (by default) with the Esc key, or click with right mouse button.

Desktop mode - this mode is activated with -d. In this mode, xlunch sends itself to the lowest position in the window stack, so all other windows are above it. Your window manager will not have any control over it, so xlunch does not receive any input or focus and it cannot be raised to front. This emulates desktop with icons. In Desktop mode, applications start using fork (as another process) and don't terminate the launcher. xlunch in this mode cannot be terminated (except by killing it with SIGTERM).



By Tomas Matejicek - tomas [at] slax [dot] org

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Sep 2017, 06:47    Post subject:  

Hi scotman.

Does it come with a Coke or a Ginger Ale? Laughing

I tried it, and nah... it can't replace your WM. I can't find any use for it.
(That's just my opinion, of course.)

Although the author Tomaz Something, of Slax fame, is a top developer, he
must've woken up on the wrong side of the bed that day!!!

BFN.

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PostPosted: Fri 15 Sep 2017, 06:36    Post subject:  

Xlunch could be customised to be a simple, lightweight, searchable frontend for not only Linux apps, but for anything..

I am thinking of making xlunch into a fancy ROM loader for Puppy Arcade.
.. Just do 'for each ROM, make a .desktop file or text entry', put them/it in
a single dir, update xlunch to look in that dir, and viola.

In this way, xlunch could probably also be used as a very fast alternative to Kodi ..
Get a load of local media, videos, music etc, make .desktop files of them,
make xlunch look for those files (not only in /usr/share/applicatins) and ur done..

OR you *could* even write a script to put online streams/torrents into .desktop files,
each one loading the stream through vlc, mpv, (even PeerFlix) etc ...
Then xlunch can list the movies, streams, torrents etc...
You click it, it and the Exec= from te desktop file would play the stream..

Any of these uses would make xlunch the lightest, fastest Kodi alternative,
or Emulation ROM loading frontend there is!

Also, xlunch could serve as a really lightweight alternative to Spotlight,
with the right settings, scripts, hacks and stuff..

Just some ideas on what *could* be done with xlunch..

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PostPosted: Fri 15 Sep 2017, 16:41    Post subject:  

Hi sc0ttman.

Maybe you can use this for a few things. But generalized? No.

For practical reasons, this concept is absurd if anyone is suggesting XLunch
can replace a window manager -- or a windows manager menu. (hehe)

You have about 250 items as *desktop entries,
plus
How many Internet TV channels?
How many Internet radio stations?
How many executables in /usr/bin?
and in the other "bin" directories.

Where will you put all the little squares on your screen? It just isn't practical.
Which is why I don't see XLunch as a general solution for managing your
box. You'll still need something more fine-tuned.

BFN.

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