To clarify a bit here, the reason I chose the Matlab application to start rather than VNC is that the Xfce desktop is empty, no dock, so the terminal window will not be lost in ‘clutter’
By replacing the
matlab command with one of the terminal commands to run in full screen, e.g.,
# Pick your favorite terminal
# /bin/gnome-terminal --full-screen
# /bin/xfce4-terminal --maximize
you’d get basically a ‘terminal application’.
The window manager Application menu is there, but it is very stripped down and contains only Firefox, Terminal emulator, and the File manager, all of which could be handy to have ‘right there’.
I can’t do much these days without looking something or other up on the web, and having a handy copy-and-paste is very useful. Having the reference material from the web next to the Terminal has distinct advantages.
I think many students might find the File manager also useful.
I am pretty sure this is how I would do this here, if we had a call for it.