The Session Manager Capplet allows you to control the GNOME Session Management. This includes which programs start up, how you save your GNOME configuration, and how you log out. You can find out more information about Session Management in Chapter 11.
Prompt on logout - This first option allows you to disable the prompt when logging out.
Automatically save changes to session - This will make the Session Management always save changes made to your GNOME session when you log out.
Non-session-managed Startup Programs - This allows you to start non-session managed applications whenever you start a GNOME session.
NOTE: Programs that are not GNOME compliant are not session managed so you do not need to put GNOME applications in here, you can simply leave them running and save the current session when you log out.
If you wish to add a new program to the Non-session-managed Startup Programs press the Add button. This will launch a simple dialog that allows you to specify the command to launch the application and what priority it will receive.
The priority for most applications you wish to start is 50. If you have an application that needs to be started before other applications, like a window manager, you should set the priority to a lower number.
IMPORTANT: This option is for advanced users. Unless you are familiar with the Priority settings you should keep you applications running with a Priority of 50.
Browse Currently Running Programs - This allows you to see what applications are currently running. You may shut down those applications if you wish to and those applications will be removed from your GNOME session. The applications in this list are mostly higher level applications and should not be shut down. However, if there are parts of GNOME that you do not wish to have like the Panel, this is where you would shut it down for now and your next GNOME Session.
IMPORTANT: This option is for advanced users only. You should not shut down applications you may wish to use the next time you log in to GNOME with this tool.
Figure 10-13. The Session Manager Capplet