Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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Two points
by boldingd on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:23 UTC
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Two quick points: the more modern XFCE also has a mode where the desktop icons represent minimized windows (albeit it stops displaying the contents of ~/Desktop when you do that). It's a neat trick, but I find it easier to have the contents of ~/Desktop displayed on my desktop, and to manage windows with the panels.

Also, several applications do have functionality akin to card-mode now -- with most of them being media players. XMMS will do this now, for instance, and I think either Banshee or Rhythmbox -- I can't remember which -- also has a minimum interface mode, which is pretty much card mode. I'd wager a large part of the reason that most applications don't have card modes now is that, for many types of applications, card mode isn't a practical way to interact with the program. Think about it: what would a sane card-mode for any of FireFox, OpenOffice/MS Office or Team Fortress 2 (or any other game) look like, and would you ever use it? (Realize that, for a web browser or document editor, you're either going to have the page/document shrunk down to a tiny, probably unreadable size, or have scroll bars on the sides of the view, and have to scroll it around to use it)

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