[Bug 4505] New: Allowing multiple wine processes to share a virtual desktop

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Tue Feb 7 08:03:40 CST 2006


           Summary: Allowing multiple wine processes to share a virtual
           Product: Wine
           Version: CVS
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P1
         Component: wine-misc
        AssignedTo: wine-bugs at winehq.org
        ReportedBy: chris.kcat at gmail.com

Currently, I have Wine set to use unmanaged windows on a 1024x768 virtual  
desktop (same size as my real desktop). This helps with program compatibility  
while allowing me to work with normal apps (as unmanaged windows seem to be  
"always on top" of native X apps without the virtual desktop and thus get in 
the way). Using KDE, I can then force Wine's virtual desktop window to be  
borderless and put onto one of KDE's virtual desktop, which cleanly allows me  
to winkey+tab between my main desktop(s) and a "Windows desktop".  
However, a problem comes when I run multiple Wine applications. Each app gets  
its own Wine-created virtual desktop window, and causes it to only let me see 
a single app at a time. I can alt+tab between Wine's virtual desktops, but 
each one blocks the view of others.. which makes having Windows apps set to 
"always on top" meaningless since switching between Wine's virtual desktops 
negates that effect, as well as just being aesthetically unpleasant.  
Therefor, I propose an option to allow Wine apps to share a single virtual  
desktop instead of letting each have its own. The first-run Wine process would 
create it, and the last-closed process would close it.

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