Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 5th Nov 2009 21:05 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y There's no right way to do it, only ideas that are better than others in certain situations. But if you had the opportunity to head up the design of a new OS, one to Put Things Right, one that could be radical enough to varnish out those UI/X bumps that have clung on for years, but practical enough to be used every day, what would you design? How would you handle application management? What about file types and compatibility? Where would you cherry pick the best bits from other OSes and where would you throw away tradition? I've tackled this challenge for myself and present (an unfinished idea): KrocOS (warning: HTML5 site, will display without CSS in IE/older browsers). OSnews Asks: What would make your perfect OS?
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I waste my life dreamin' about this..
by fadingdust on Thu 5th Nov 2009 23:17 UTC
fadingdust
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2009-11-05

I agree with most of KrocOS, but rapidly disagree with the amount of windows a *user* would have to *manage*. Window managers ought do their job-- I've thereby used wmctrl & devilspie to shove minor apps to the left 40% of my screen (with no window decorations) & keep the major ones on the right 60%. I prefer tablet/pen computing, and use mouse gestures for my maximize,minimize & corners with brightside & zenity-lists to open new apps, switch between apps (actually redecorates, shades & cascades) & show recent documents.

Otherwise, I see all 'files and folders' as libraries with tags (yes, remember card-catalogs? they had TAGS for the books!)

All in all, I (gasp!) like Microsoft's Courier, but know it will fail me (so I'm makin' my own!!)

The rest of the details are on my blog, which I'll be updating more details soon (by end of year ;) ): http://mwallace.info/category/tech/desktop-theory/

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