As time drags on clutter becomes inevitable, thats what attics are for right? I like the clean look of my desktop everytime I start it. But inevitably I can’t help placing something there. Well that same for my toolbar. Here was my semi-trimmed one:
Actually it’s been worse, but with limited space, this was too much. Soom actually like the have all their options available immediately:
I however become confused by all this. Find me hovering my mouse over the icons as some deep recessive area in my mind recalls what the image does. I think a basic law says five items is the limit. I decided recently that I couldn’t prune mine any further and decided to see if there was any advice people would be willing to give in the Ubuntu Forums.
Using conky was one of the first suggestions. By using it I could take of care of two problems simultaneously: a system monitor and a time clock. Unfortunately the xorg-server dbe extension is causing my server to run unstable, but I will probably use conky once it’s fixed. It looks nice:
Now if you run beryl, compiz, compiz-fusion, there are a couple other things you can do. For instance, use gdesklets to lie a semi-tranparent clock on the desktop, or bind function keys to applications. Isn’t very stable for me though, so for the present I can’t use it.
There are a couple drop consoles available for Gnome to replace my terminal launcher. One of them is tilda which ran just nicely with Efty Edge however since I moved to gnome-2.18 it works no more, other people have been having this issue as well. One solution is alltray which can minimize certain applications to the notification area, one of them being gnome-terminal. Though this won’t reduce the clutter in the applet/icon area it does make room in the windows list. Another optin is stjerm. The author describes it as such:
It’s point is to be minimalistic, to look nice and to work well with Compiz.
And it is but I’ll talk more on this later.