WHAT IS THIS
This is a port of the initial window-picker-applet made by cannonical to Gnome 3 and GTK+ 3. It give you a task list that only contains the icons of each open window, but not the title. This saves a lot of space, especially if you have many open windows. You can use the mouse to reorder icons by drag and drop. Also on there are preferences to set additional options, such as greying out inactive icons.
Currently this applet is not packaged anywhere, so if you want to use it, clone this repository or download the archive and compile it on your computer. The explanations below apply to most recent Ubuntu version, but should work on any other Debian based distribution. If you happen to be on Fedora or some other distribution, then the names of the packages that you need might be different. For example Fedora's packages often end with '-devel' instead of '-dev'.
HOW TO START HACKING
You have cloned the repository, so whats next:
Make sure you have the following packages installed or you will get a warning like: ./autogen.sh: 2: autoreconf: not found or other warnings that are often not very helpful.
On Ubuntu those would be:
- libglib2.0-dev (for AM_GLIB_GNU_GETTEXT makro)
- libtool (for AC_PROG_LIBTOOL makro)
- intltool (otherwise you get a syntax error in .configure)
- gettext (pulled by intltool automatically)
When you have installed all above packages, run autogen.sh You must pass the --prefix and --libexecdir options or the gnome-panel will not find your applet $ ./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr --libexecdir=/usr/lib If autogen.sh says you are missing 'foo' then most of the time it means you are missing 'foo-dev' or 'libfoo-dev'.
If there are no other errors then run make and make install (no need to run configure, autogen.sh has done that already): $ make #compile the window-picker-applet into ./src/ $ sudo make install #the install it in /usr, (run with sudo!)
You now have the window-picker-applet installed
HOWTO START IT
ALT+RIGHT CLICK on the gnome-panel (find a spot which is not occupied by another widget) and choose 'Add to Panel...', select the Window Picker and click 'Add'.
I hope someone finds this as useful as I do. Lanoxx
Thanks to Canonical for creating the initial version.