I’ve successfully installed the Matchbox window manager on my PocketCHIP. It has improved window sizes and provides icon views of my user applications. I describe my experiences with it below.
Screenshot of the Desktop showing the first of all applications icons
Example screenshot of an application on my PocketCHIP with Matchbox window manager (the application is Xournal). One window is full-screen and the other shows the bottom panel and the upper-left drop-down menu button for choosing between currently open windows.
The apt description:
Matchbox is a base environment for the X Window System running on non-desktop embedded platforms such as phones, handhelds, set-top boxes, kiosks, and anything else for which screen space, input mechanisms or system resources are limited.
I got the idea to try Matchbox window manager because Maemo uses it. Maemo is a nice hand-held Debian based desktop environment designed for the Nokia900 smartphone. I now start-up my PocketCHIP at a login screen and can choose Matchbox, or some other desktop environment, including the default Awesome window manager that it came with.
MY EXPERIENCES SO FAR:
It was really easy to install like any app. The hardest part was disabling auto login, so I could choose which window-manager to use, and I don’t know that that was necessary.
The pocket-home screen that comes with the default PocketCHIP flash can be started with one of the application start icons.
The desktop is a view of icons for all user applications. View all of them or one category at a time.
Matchbox is included in the Debian repository, so it is easy to install.
All programs open full-screen, or with a minimal window border and hidable panel.
navigate between open applications with an upper-left drop-down menu.
Zooming the view does not cause the scroll bar to dissappear.
GUI buttons at the bottom of application windows are forced inside the screen view (even if it means overlapping something a bit awkwardly).
MATCHBOX WINDOW MANAGER IS NOT PERFECT:
- One problem is some windows still lose a content at the bottom, but are no longer draggable with “Alt” drag. It is enough better that it has worked ok so far for most apps.
Anybody else want to try this? Tell me how it goes? Now that Matchbox window manager is being maintained or rewritten, it would be nice if user reviews and bug-reporting helped Matchbox developers support it on CHIP.