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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I'm waiting for a tiled WM for the masses. Not that i hate floating windows. I use OS X (and gnome to some extent), so i have no choice, but i do prefer tiling my windows. The sad thing is no mainstream window manager even has got just a little bit of "tiling" functions built in. Well, you can snap windows to either side in Windows 7, but that is as basic as it gets.
It would be nice to have the option to tile or float windows built right in from the start.

Maybe that new "iTablet" OS will usher in a new way of interacting with window management on a desktop (rather than mobile screen) level? Who knows.

Preferably, i would like to partition my screen, and then have buttons in the window title bar (as well as keybaord shortcuts, of course!) to stack apps to either of the right/left or top/bottom partitions. Maybe even a list with applications that should (or shouldn't) start in tiled mode. I guess there's lots more i would like to be able to to with modern window management, but this would at least be a start.

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