Ref. FIRE-13429.

When running FS in fullscreen under Linux, user is unable to alt-tab out or access the Desktop and any other running apps. FS takes exclusive control of the keyboard and no Linux key combos will work.


  1. Download and install SDLHack.
  2. Execute the game with “SDLHack” in front of ./firestorm, either from a shell or via a shortcut. Example:
    sdlhack /home/(username)/Desktop/Firestorm/firestorm
  3. Use ctrl-z to minimize FS to the Desktop (key combo is configurable)

This should also work for other games/apps running fullscreen that does not allow minimizing.

With thanks to BrinleyTaliesin.

  • linux_minimize_when_fullscreen.txt
  • Last modified: 2014/04/10 17:23
  • by miro.collas