Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 11:06 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Windows Yes, the Windows 8 rumour mill is really spinning up now. This time around though, they're not really rumours, since the information is coming from Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, long-time Microsoft enthusiasts with loads of insider access. They've got a bunch of screenshots showing a work in progress of... A ribbon in Explorer. And yes, it looks just as bad as it sounds.
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RE[3]: Tabs? - for me at least...
by jabbotts on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 16:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Tabs?"
jabbotts
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It depends on the task for me but usually it's an issue of not making multiple things visible.

In a browser where each website is a separate thing, tabs are great. I'd like more keyboard support in switching tabs but haven't put the effort into looking for that either so it's not that big a need.

In Thunderbird I don't like it so much. Maybe it's a lifetime of email programs opening an email in a new window or loosing the easy display overview of the mailbox while the email message tab is open. Here, the two objects are related. I don't leave the mailbox view to access the email preview; I want them both visible even if that means two separate windows beside each other.

In Dolphin (KDE4's file manager) I'm happy with the ability to split a view into two directories when copying between. I'd hate tabs though because one tab replaces the view of the other. If I don't want both directories accessible in the same view, I'll simply open a second Dolphin window and let the window manager's natural layering/tiling do it's job.

Konsole has had tabs for a long while but again, the purpose of multiple open shells for me is multiple visible shells. I want four displays beside each other not four displays with any three hidden at one time.

Vim I'm all about tabs but it may be more to do with "gt" sticking in my head and not being able to remember tiling switching commands when I actually need them. Tab switching is also keyboard driven by default and I can always open a second shell and vim if I really need two text files visible beside each other.

For a file manager, I'm just not feeling the excitement and grand possibilities provided by a tabbed display. No grief meant for those who do, it's simply not for me at this time (I'll give it a try when/if win8 includes it but I'm not optimistic).

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