[squeak-dev] full-screen mode - Linux

Tom Rushworth tom.b.rushworth at gmail.com
Tue Jul 5 22:41:13 UTC 2011

It's been a while since I used Linux, but it should still have multiple
console support (alt+Fn or alt+ctrl+Fn or something like that to go to
screen n).  You should be able to get multiple Xservers/window managers
up on the different consoles, and then leave one in squeak full screen
and another in the regular desktop.  I've never tried the multiple
X-server part, but unless the first console is somehow very special
(e.g. it's the only one with graphics) you shouldn't have too much trouble.

On 11/07/05 12:51, Chris Muller wrote:
> Does anyone like full-screen mode besides me?  Years ago, when I used
> Windows, I would always run my Squeak images full-screen because there
> is something zen-like about being totally immersed into the image
> environment - it can be nicer experience than running with OS window
> and the start-bar cruft showing.
> But now I'm using Linux and, under that VM, full-screen mode does not
> allow any other windows to be displayed over full-screen Squeak.  For
> example, I can't press Alt+Tab to bring my command-window to the top,
> it appears for a split second but then Squeak paints right back over
> it, but without keyboard focus!  The only way to access any other
> program is to bring Squeak out of full-screen mode.
> Which is why the button to go full-screen was recently put to the
> upper-right corner - to facilitate the constant switching needed to be
> able to run full-screen.
> However, there is a danger with going full-screen.  Cog is not very
> friendly to being interrupted - doing so often seems to lock the image
> - and this is a bad situation in full-screen mode since you can't get
> to any other windows to kill the process.  The only option is a
> hard-power off - an ungraceful shutdown - losing all unsaved data in
> all applications - ouch!
> Would it be difficult for the Linux VM to behave similarly to the
> Windows VM w.r.t. full-screen mode?
>  - Chris

Tom Rushworth

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