Idesk is a simple program for adding icons to your X desktop. It can also manage your wallpaper with a built in changer similar to that found in Windows 7.
Install from the official repositories. Then copy the necessary configuration files to your home directory as shown below:
$ mkdir ~/.idesktop $ cp /usr/share/idesk/dot.ideskrc ~/.ideskrc
$ cp /usr/share/idesk/default.lnk ~/.idesktop/
(This adds the default icon which just runs Xdialog to display a welcome message. It can be used as a template for other icons.)
/usr/share/idesk/README. There is also documentation on SourceForge.net however most of the configuration options should be self-explanatory.
If you are using Idesk's own background setter, supported wallpaper formats include JPEG, PNG, GIF, and XPM. Using either
Background.Source, specify the path to the image file you wish to use as a wallaper.
Idesk looks in
~/.idesktop for files which names end with
.lnk for icons. Each file should define one icon If you attempt to define a second icon it will be silently ignored. Aside from ending with
.lnk, the files' names are not important.
Example for Chromium:
table Icon Caption: Chromium ToolTip.Caption: Google's OSS Web Browser Icon: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/32x32/apps/chromium.png Width: 32 Height: 32 X: 977 Y: 369 Command: chromium end
Height should match the actual dimensions of the icon.
Y will be modified by idesk to reflect the icon's actual position.
The AUR provides a graphical configuration tool for Idesk. It can be started by running the
idesktool command. Users can use Idesktool to create and remove icons, modify settings and restart Idesk.