Allan Day started a brainstorming page in Gnome Wiki, that you can add your ideas and relevant art, about how Gnome should treat apps that need to run in background, like Music Players, Torrent and Email Clients etc.
- Need to indicate which apps are running in the background.
- Need to provide the ability to quit/close background apps.
- Background apps should be easy to find. ie. They shouldn’t disappear “somewhere else”.
The idea of allowing applications to run in the background while not having a window open is something that the other designers and I are interested in exploring.
Of course, if we want to allow apps to run in the background, we would need to allow all apps to do it, and we’d need to have a way for the shell to indicate which apps are running in the background – so there’s a bit of work to do at the system level first.
We can try and take this forward, and it would be great if you could help us.
Current way is how Deluge works, by using the bottom panel to display an Icon, without be visible on left panel or overview.
Deluge uses a custom handler to override the default “close” signal when we click on “x” button.