Xalf

X11 Application Launch Feedback

(or: "Something to look at while Netscape is loading")

Xalf is a small utility to provide feedback when starting X11 applications. Feedback can be given via four different indicators: An invisible window (to be used in conjunction with a task pager like GNOMEs tasklist_applet or KDEs Taskbar), an generic splashscreen, an hourglass attached to the mouse cursor or an animated star.

Old pages with background & developer information is here

News

2003-04-06

GNOME 2.X does not contain Xalf hooks, like GNOME 1.X did. Instead, GNOME2 includes support for the startup-notification protocol instead. This is a robust and future-safe solution to the problem Xalf was originally designed to solve. I'm pleased to see that support for launch feedback finally is gaining widespread support. The Xalf project has succeeded!

2001-04-22

Xalf 0.12 is ready.

2001-04-08

Xalf 0.11 released.

2001-04-04

I've been working on making Xalf more stable and fixing the known bugs. This has lead to lots of internal changes. Therefore, I've releasing a test-version. If it works good, it will become version 0.11. Please let me know if there are problems. I'd also like to hear from you if it works good, especially if you are running on a non-Intel and/or non-RedHat system.

2001-03-13

Version 0.10 released. Only bugfixes.

2001-03-07

Version 0.9 released. Node understands "/bin/sh -c <command>". This makes Xalf work much better with GNOME when command is setuid/setgid or non-existent. Some portability changes have also been done. Works with GTK+ 1.2.9.

2001-02-19

Xalf 0.8 released. Changes: Removed -Wall, so Xalf can be compiled with other compilers than gcc. Better strings in capplet and moved capplet to Desktop.

Xalf is now included with GNOME and has a Bugzilla module on bugzilla.gnome.org

2001-02-11

Xalf 0.7 released. Changes: Fixes problems related to glibc and setuid applications. Thanks to Frederic Crozat <fcrozat@mandrakesoft.com> for providing a patch.

2001-02-11

Xalf 0.6 released. Changes: Some sanity checks, better handling for non-X11 applications and more.

2001-02-11

Xalf 0.5 is available. The only change is a fixed bug in the Control Center capplet.

2000-10-29

I am planning for a Next Generation Xalf software. It will probably use an CORBA server.

2000-07-12

Some new screenshots and an updated gnome-libs-RPM.
Linux magazine has an article about Xalf in the current issue. (Sorry, Japanese language only.)

2000-06-18

Xalf 0.4 is available. New features: GNOME Control Center capplet and a new animated indicator.

Download

xalf-0.12.tgz
xalf-0.12-1.i386.rpm
xalf-0.12-1.src.rpm

Old releases are also available.

Xalf is in GNOME CVS, in module "xalf".

GNOME integration

Recent gnome-libs have builtin-support for Xalf. All you have to do is to install Xalf and enable it in Control Center. Some notes:

Usage example

Screenshots

GNOME Control Center capplet

"invisiblewindow" indicator (default)

invisiblewindow.png


"splash" indicator

splash.png


"cursor" indicator

cursor.png


"animated star" indicator

anim.png

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