Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Mar 2011 19:31 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Gnome I have to admit I've been struggling with this one for a while, most importantly because I haven't used GNOME 3 yet; I'm setting up my own little company right now, so time's a little short. As such, all I can do here is cover the arguments given - which, in my book, have both their strong as well as their weak points. Yes, GNOME 3 will not have buttons for minimising or maximising windows.
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I saw there are arguments about whether W7 or KDE invented the tiling feature. Well, I don't know, and I don't think it matters as good ideas are generally borrowed from somewhere else & get progressively improved. What counts is the underlying philosophy and the fact that the most people benefit from those ideas.

Of course, there has been tons of "tiling" window managers under Linux for ages, but this new simple approach make it actually usable for normal people.

There are other automatic tiling options in KDE4 (spiral / columns etc...). Very powerful, but, I guess use cases are very specific and clearly not for the regular user.

There are many ideas that seemed to be invented by Apple. for instance Quartz. But some 3D window managers used to exist, as working experiments years ago. But Apple had the opportunity to implement it cleanly for the first time. (mostly because they started from scratch, with a small array of hardware to support etc.)

We could also quote the usage of virtual desktop under the AmigaOS, a long time ago (public screens actually, which was a different yet powerful idea).

Edited 2011-03-08 18:46 UTC

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