Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Feb 2007 16:40 UTC, submitted by dumbkiwi
X11, Window Managers Following on from three earlier articles, here are two more articles highlighting usability features of Beryl; the wheel window switcher and the 'wall' for managing virtual desktops. Videos included, so go on, indulge yourself, boys and girls.
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by Kroc on Mon 19th Feb 2007 18:05 UTC
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The problem I've found with Beryl from these videos and from getting a chance to use it for a moment is that it's clearly designed by 20 year olds, for 20 year olds.

* too much wobble. *everything* wobbles. You open a combo box and you can't focus on the list item you want until it's stopped wobbling around like a jelly. This lowers usability massively, think how bad it would be for someone with reduced visibility or simply without the lightning quick reactions of a linux programmer.

* The wall is too zoomed out. You and I may be able to see the spaces between pixels sometimes but other users cannot. The windows are too small to be able to determine which is which by an average user. The desktops should be stakced in a 2x2 arrangement and not 4 in a line.

* The wheel switcher is too quick. No regular user could tell what was happening there.

Beryl is nice, but anything but increased usability. Even the Zoom feature wobbles and shoots about too fast. They need to calm it down a bit! ;)

I understand it's all customizable to the n'th - but if the defaults are like this then what's the point.

*edit: user above has pointed out that the wall can be done in 2x2, which is great, but hopefully the default

Edited 2007-02-19 18:11

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