This will walk you through the steps to have many different programs run in the tray rather than minimize to the taskbar. My example will give specifics for Thunderbird since that's what I wanted to do. Instructions are for Easy mode, but using alltray to put something in the tray works with any desktop with a gnome compatible system tray.
Also go to http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/alltray/alltray-0.69.x86.package?download and save this to /home/user
Then run the following command in the terminal:
/home/user>sudo sh alltray-0.69.x86.package
Now that we have all the necessary packages, onto implementation. Run the following commands in your Terminal
/home/user>cp /opt/xandros/share/AsusLauncher/simpleui.rc /home/user/simpleui.rc.old /home/user>sudo kwrite /opt/xandros/share/AsusLauncher/simpleui.rc
The first command will make a backup of the config file for the Easy Mode menus. The second command will open up a text editor allowing you to edit the config file.
Optional You can add the following anywhere in the file (on a blank line) to make it quicker and easier to get back to this config file:
<parcel simplecat="Favorites" extraargs="/usr/bin/sudo /usr/bin/kwrite /opt/xandros/share/AsusLauncher/simpleui.rc" icon="asus_norm.png" selected_icon="asus_hi.png" > <name lang="en">Menu Edit</name> </parcel>
One other note, you can just delete entire blocks to get rid of icons you don't use. See the following link for more details: Customizing the Easy Mode GUI
Back to the menu editting. Hit Ctrl+F and search for “thunderbird”. When it finds the section you're looking for delete the whole the following:
and replace it with:
If you try /usr/bin/alltray /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird from a terminal, it will close when you exit the terminal. To avoid this you could install and use screen or abuse the already installed nohup
nohup /usr/bin/alltray /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird
Now restart X11 server (Ctrl+Alt+Backspace, you don't need to do a full restart) to have it reload the config file and wah lah! Now when you click “Mail” in the Work tab Thunderbird should start in the tray, and when you hit the “X” on thunderbird it will just go back to the tray.