Showing posts from February, 2014

Making xfdashboard start in response to reaching screen corners

Someone had asked me if it was possible to get xfdashabord to show the overview like GNOME shell does when triggering the top left corner of the screen. Upon searching the internet, I found an amazing little tool called xdotool. Here is one way of using xdotool to enable hit-the-left-corner-of-screen to enable overview behavior for xfdashboard.
First, xdotool is needed and can be trivially installed.

yum install xdotool
Assuming, top-left corner of the screen is the preferred location to start the overview, the following command may be used -

xdotool behave_screen_edge top-left exec /usr/bin/xfdashboard &

Here is some explanation -

The command usage is

xdotool [action] [values]
The action here is a mouse action. From the man page, behave_screen_edge is very appropriate.

behave_screen_edge [options] where command ...
           Bind an action to events when the mouse hits the screen edge or corner.
One useful option, in my opinion, is delay. The delay can be set in milliseconds (which …

autodocksuite - {bio/chem}informatics tool

Autodocksuite is a set of automated docking tools to study protein - ligand interactions which is being developed by folks here.
It's a free software and I have packaged it for Fedora. The latest version of the software is now available in the testing repositories for Fedora 19 and 20.
The developers have provided some excellent documentation which can obtained from following the links below. Getting Started With AutodockTutorials They also have a GUI application for analyzing the docking data (which uses the above package in the backend). Unfortunately, it comes with commercial use restriction and hence cannot be included in Fedora.

Xfce 4.11 (development version) repo

Xfce 4.11, the development release in the journey towards the next stable 4.12, was released recently. I have built some Xfce 4.11 components for Fedora 20 and rawhide in COPR. It is not complete yet - xfce4-session is missing for one. I have not seen any problems in my test virtual machines or on my laptop - but that's no assurance. For those who want to try, repository links are below. But first,
** Do not use bugzilla for reporting bugs for this COPR package **
Here is the link to my Xfce - 4.11 repo -

Although, page shows Fedora 19 repo, do NOT try these packages on Fedora 19.

Good luck! :)

xfdashboard - 0.1.4

xfdashboardprovides a GNOME shell dashboard like interface for use with Xfce desktop. It can be configured to run to any keyboard shortcut and when executed provides an overview of applications currently open enabling the user to switch between different applications. The search feature works like Xfce's app finder which makes it convenient to search for and start applications.
The latest version of the xfdashboard will be available in updates-testing repository for Fedora 19 and Fedora 20 soon. The packages are building in koji and will be submitted for testing soon.
The new version (0.1.4) includes support for themes. From the git changelog,
New feature: Add support for theming with CSS. A default theme called 'xfdashboard' will be installed and is a CSS version of the previously hard-coded style. You can now develop and tweak the appearance you like.

More information about xfdashboard can be found from the (developer's site)