Lightbar is a desktop panel for Linux. It started as a simple launcher but after some development it has become a fully featured and functional panel.
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Sasko Usinov b880713091 Update 'README.md' 7 months ago
README.md Update 'README.md' 7 months ago

README.md

Lightbar for Linux is a desktop panel for Linux. It started as a simple launcher but after some development it has become a fully featured and functional panel.

You can create virtually any sort of applet/plugin and attach it to the panel.

You do this by creating a main application widget in Qt for you applet and passing its address to the panel.

To establish a proper integration with the panel, you just need to implement the panel_applet_interface class in your main window.

Lightbar has full Drag&Drop support and it’s fully themeable.

The panel looks and works good, and I have paid special attention to aestetics and neatness and I have developed an awesome application launcher (generally known as a strart menu) plugin for it.

Screenshots and code are coming - I am just doing some changes before I make the code available.

Here is a list of plugins which I have personally developed for the panel:

  • Application Menu (super awesome start menu with full Drag&Drop support + add any file via Drag&Drop)
  • Block Devices Menu (a button which brings up a menu that shows block devices in the menu and allows mounting, unmounting, launching)
  • Command Runner (a combo box that sits on the panel and allows you to type commands and launch them, really cool, it has history).
  • Virtual Desktops buttons
  • Directory Browser (a button which brings up a menu showing directories and allows you to view and launch directories as well as open a terminal)
  • Drawer (add any file via Drag&Drop)
  • Launcher
  • Output Monitor (display the output of any command)
  • Places (a button which brings up a menu that shows your GTK bookmarks)
  • Screen Resolution (a button which brings up a menu that allows you to select a different Display Resolution)
  • Separator
  • Spacer
  • Systray Area
  • Time and Date
  • Window List (a taskbar)

That is the base, that gives you a full functionality. Some applets such as the Command Runner and Output Monitor are resizable. There is a little drag handle at the end which allows you to adjust applet's width.

The project exists, it's functional but there are a few things that need paying attention. This should not take too long (depending on my free time).

The memory consumption is extremely low, hence for the name "light". I have all applets on the panel and it only takes about 0.5MB.