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Thread: WM: Minimizing OpenGL/SDL/GLUT Windows

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    Angry WM: Minimizing OpenGL/SDL/GLUT Windows

    Greetings,

    Is it just me or none of the flipping WE are able to minimize my Open Arena or Alien Arena window for me to take a peak at my desktop, e.g. ALT + TAB on Winblows? I tried metacity/xfwm4/kwin and all of them have shortcuts for window minimization e.g. ALT + F10 but when pressed the 3D apps ask me if I want to exit out of the game or they don't do anything at all.

    This flipping sucks.

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    Windows? Alt-tabbing fullscreen D3D apps is pretty inconsistent there. Most of my games crash, introduce graphical corruption, or start leaking memory

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    The problem in actually lies in X, while it could in theory be possible to have minimization handlers in SDL, GLX and GLUT are a whole other story. I remember some GLX applications were able to be minimized with ctrl-ESC (IIRC), but GLUT is a complete different beast in itself, and handles the window independently of the rest of the system... Still sits atop X, but handles X differently than your WM does.

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    yesterday, Thetargos: thanks guys .

    One solution is to start another X server session, e.g. 'startx -- :1' that eats some extra memory but it's alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hax0r View Post
    yesterday, Thetargos: thanks guys .

    One solution is to start another X server session, e.g. 'startx -- :1' that eats some extra memory but it's alright.
    I've heard starting a separate X server actually could boost performance on the other hand, although I have no source to confirm this. Used to do this when I played WoW with wine.

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