I currently have “firefox” and “rekonq” both open. Actually, I have two “firefox” browsers (different profiles).
I currently have “firefox” in workspace 2 and 5 (the two profiles), and “rekonq” in workspace 3. However, I sometimes have “firefox” and “chromium” open in the same workspace.
I rarely minimize the browsers. I normally leave them at a comfortable size (around 2/3 of the screen width on my screen). I have configured so that when I move the mouse over a window, that is brought into focus. So I allow the two browsers to overlap, with enough of each visible that I can easily move the mouse over it to bring it into focus.
I am using KDE (on opensuse 13.2). My guess is that you are using Gnome. It is a lot harder to do this on Gnome. It used to be just as easy back with Gnome 2. But the Gnome developers apparently decided that I am doing it all wrong, so they made it very hard to use the desktop the way I want. That’s why I now use KDE. I’m pretty sure XFCE can also be easily configured to work the way that I like.
Thanks for the replies. She is using KDE, sorry for skipping that information.
The issue is that both browsers, Chrome and Firefox can’t occupy the same workspace and that is what she requires. One automatically minimizes when the other is on the workspace. I am not sure why.
It’s almost as if both programs are somehow registerd as being full screen when they have been resized to occupy roughly half the screen. (Only one maximized program can occupy a screen) If that makes any sense.
I am not sure if this happens with other programs.
Because of this issue she is currently logged into 8.1 so she can run both browsers at the same time, Chrome on the left and Fox on the right. She’s not at a working point when she can reboot but I am curious if this is across all programs. For example I am curious to know if she can run Libre office and Kolour paint in resized windows within the same workspace.
I’ll let you know about this when she is at a time when she can to reboot into 13.2.
Tell her to try another browser it could be Chrome . No telling what Google has done. Where did she get the version she is running? Chrome is not in the repos to my knowledge but Chromium is and it is the open source version. It certainly is not normal unless she has enacted some truly odd windows rules. There are so many ways to change KDE behavior I can’t keep track but never heard of only allowing 1 Window shown at a time.
In other words I can set each browser to occupy 1/2 of the screen, and both stay open. Focus changes by simply movng the cursor from one to the other and clicking once.
I’m inclined to suspect a customized setting on your machine, though I just spent a while going through settings in an attempt to duplicate the behavior you describe and was not able to, so I’m afraid I can’t be really helpful in trying to find a fix.
On 2015-01-18 19:43, Carlos E. R. wrote:
> On 2015-01-18 17:36, gogalthorp wrote:
>> I don’t have chrome installed but it is proprietary and thus who knows.
> Not in 13.1 and XFCE.
> I can not switch to KDE4 to try, too disruptive, and anyway I’m not
> familiar with kde4 knobs and handles.
Oops. Of course I can try! I forgot that I can switch to another user,
without closing the first one. I now have another simultaneous user
running kde plasma - that is kde4, right?
Ok, I have no problems running simultaneously chrome and firefox,
windowed, in the same, eum… display. I don’t know if it is the same
activity space or whatever - sorry, not familiar with kde4.
I first started FF, then chrome, which asked to be the master (default)
browser, and I said no. No problem. Then I closed it, and this time told
it to set as default: again, no problem.
What I don’t have is a 13.2 with kde installed (or chrome). Only a small
virtualized environment, insufficient for this test.
I’d suggest she (SteveFury61’s wife) creates a new user and try with
that one. If it works, it is a configuration issue.
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 “Bottle” at Telcontar)
Here’s another wild guess. It is possible to configure KDE for a “Desktop” or a “Netbook”. I have never tried the “Netbook” option. But maybe that causes the effect described. It does say that it is optimized for devices with smaller screens.
In the past I’ve tried the Netbook option on a couple of small screen netbooks, and I always went back to the default option for a variety of reasons, even on one with a 9 " screen.That one’s only got an early Atom processor and 1 Gb. of RAM, but it runs 13.2 & KDE4 just fine. It’s a little sluggish, but no more so than the “lightweight” desktops.