mapping of minimized windows

Michel Dänzer michel at
Fri Apr 23 02:26:52 PDT 2010

On Fre, 2010-04-23 at 11:22 +0200, Florian Martys wrote: 
> Why I am here:
> I'm new to the mailing list, so please excuse potential naivety. I
> filed a bugreport against xorg package in Ubuntu on Launchpad* and
> have been told that the problem is upstream and I have to ask the xorg
> team in their mailing list, here I am.
> What I am here for:
> I am using standard Ubuntu desktop (10.04) with Desktop effects
> (Compiz Fusion). First, when using ALT-TAB to switch between windows I
> can only see an icons instead of window previews when toggling over
> minimized windows (bugreport**). Second, when using the Scale
> plugin*** (WIN-key aka SUPER+A or W; extra desktop effects have to be
> enabled), which is similar to the Exposé effect on Mac OS X, I can
> only see windows that are avitve (i.e. not minimized), there is not
> even an icon replacing the missing running application that are
> minimized, minimized applications/windows don't even show up.
> As I understand this is not a bug, but more or less by design, because
> minimized windows are not mapped anymore. However it is a usability
> bug when using ALT-TAB or the Scale Plugin with the Desktop Effects.

It's up to compiz. It could (optionally) either not unmap minimized
windows or just keep the last pixmap for them. I think it would have to
be optional because in both cases minimized windows would use up more
resources than before.

Earthling Michel Dänzer           |      
Libre software enthusiast         |          Debian, X and DRI developer

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