bmpanel2 progress update

Ok, let’s try to do this thing in a blog. I’ve been working on the bmpanel2 for a past few weeks. And now here is some kind of a feature spotlight:

  • _NET_WM_ICON_GEOMETRY support. The bmpanel2 sets these properties on the task icons as a robust NETWM panel should do. It allows window managers to do nice animations and other things like task window preview on mouse hover.
  • bmpanel2 _NET_WM_ICON_GEOMETRY support

  • XDND awareness. The bmpanel2 watches for XDND (X drag and drop) protocol events and activates task/desktop in case if you drag something over it. Basically this feature makes DnD actions more comfortable.
  • I did few architecture changes on how rendering is done. And now there is a support for different renders. Currently there are only two of them: “normal” and “pseudo-transparency”. I’m planning to add “composite” render a little bit later.
  • bmpanel2 pseudo-transparency

  • The system tray logic was heavily rewritten because there were some troubles with the “pseudo-transparency” mode. And I really hope it works properly now.
  • Memory allocation procedures were really optimized. I know it’s a stupid thing to do, because the rendering process is a bottleneck and generally I don’t need to worry about memory allocations. But.. I did this.
  • I have started to check WMs compatibility, and now there is a WMs.txt file in a repository with some info on that topic. This action forced me to do some quick fixes for Fluxbox and PekWM. IceWM, Openbox and standalone Compiz/Emerald work fine. More checks to do (mostly the heavy ones, e.g. xfce, gnome, kde).

Stay tuned.. or.. whatever..

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