On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 10:21 PM, Chris Watkins <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I have been using the tint2 panel as part of CrunchBang Linux. It's has strengths and weaknesses - I'd like to mention the strengths, which I love and which might be worth thinking about as options for LXPanel:
Some of the problems:
- Each windows is represented in the panel by an icon (a small icon, in my setup), and not by a "tab". If I hover over the icon, I get the application title text as hovertext.
- Even with many, many windows open, they all squeeze together, rather than disappearing from view. Because they're just icons, I can still make them out.
- All desktops are represented in the panel, so I can switch directly to a program in any panel by clicking its icon.
- Very elegant, minimalist look.
- Even lighter than LXPanel.
- There's no compatible menu , or those that want a docked menu. (Actually there's a way of adding one to the system tray, but it's python and not light.)
- It doesn't stay on top - if there's a maximized window in the background, that will hide the panel.
Jez mentioned on this list in March that he uses a similar setup with tint2 and Openbox, but in Arch. And I notice that people that use tint2 seem to love it, because of its simplicity and good looks - but it's not suitable for newbies.
I've been using adeskbar. It has a menu and several other plugins. The only problem I really have with it is that it does not show sub-menus.