Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Nov 2007 21:22 UTC, submitted by irbis
Window Managers "Linux has proven amazingly flexible: after nearly 10 years of use, I'm still impressed by how the Linux operating system does exactly what I want on any type of hardware. Desktop customization is no exception; from the ultra-modern KDE and GNOME window managers to with the likes of Fluxbox and AfterStep, there's a Linux desktop to suit everyone."
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RE: "ultra-modern"?
by apoclypse on Mon 19th Nov 2007 22:35 UTC in reply to ""ultra-modern"?"
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2007-02-17

I think that is a misconception. I find that gnome in general has more in common with MaoOS_old than windows in general. Its an amalgam for sure, but it still feels less like windows than say KDE. KDE4 may change things, and then I think that the comparisons to windows would only be superficial at the most. That is not to say that gnome or KDE can't be configured to work or act very much like windows, the same can be said bout Linux in general. That is what makes Linux what it is, its ability to provide users choice and this article is just one in a long list of alternatives that users can use with their favorite OS.

A lot of people seem to accuse Linux DE's or distro's of aping windows. This may be the case in certain areas but usually windows is nto the only one being drawn on for inspiration. Take the Slab menu for example (Novell, Opensuse, etc.) At a glance it looks very similar to the windows start menu, but as you use it you start to realize that it works more like OSX, with user defined shortcuts and a separate window to access more applications (Finder->applications. Why don't people complain about having to open a separate window in OSX?) Basically the slab marries the two concepts both windows and OSX into one whole. Had hey been smart they would have found a sane way of doing system notification there too.

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RE[2]: "ultra-modern"?
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 20th Nov 2007 07:24 in reply to "RE: "ultra-modern"?"
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2006-09-01

(Finder->applications. Why don't people complain about having to open a separate window in OSX?)


Because there are very few conversations about the deficiencies of the Mac OS X GUI, and those who don't like it have moved on to other OSs or DEs that do what they want.

I Mac OS does dearly needs an application launcher or an application menu, and no the dock doesn't count. I consider it a pretty quick launch bar and a mediocre task bar. I haven't lived with the 10.5 dock yet, so I can't say how the new features affect it.

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RE[3]: "ultra-modern"?
by apoclypse on Tue 20th Nov 2007 13:51 in reply to "RE[2]: "ultra-modern"?"
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2007-02-17

Stacka can actually be a pretty decent application launcher. A little messy but cool nonetheless. Its no worse than the start menu, which isn't saying much. There is no dedicated icon but other than that stacks works pretty well in that respect. I wasn't actually complaining about having to open a new window to find apps. I happen to like it. It keeps things clean for the most part, I was just wondering why the double-standards.

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RE[2]: "ultra-modern"?
by evangs on Tue 20th Nov 2007 07:31 in reply to "RE: "ultra-modern"?"
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2005-07-07

(Finder->applications. Why don't people complain about having to open a separate window in OSX?)


Because you don't need to. You can drag the Applications folder to the Dock and that makes it behave like the start menu. Alternatively, you can create your own Application's folder, populate it with subfolders for different categories like Accessories, Office, Multimedia, etc and populate these subfolders with aliases to applications in /Applications. You then put this new folder on the Dock and you've got a nice hierarchical applications menu.

Or you could just be lazy like me and hit Cmd+Space to invoke spotlight and type in the first few letters of the application you want to launch....

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RE[3]: "ultra-modern"?
by smittal on Wed 21st Nov 2007 14:53 in reply to "RE[2]: "ultra-modern"?"
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2006-02-03

I used to do that too, but I got tired of trying to click on the application I wanted among the shifting search results. I use a program I hacked up[1] instead; hit Ctrl+Space to bring it up if you want to give it a try.

Alternatively, you could hit Cmd+Enter to select the top result in the Spotlight search window, but I still prefer my hack.

[1] http://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/smittal/Launcher.dmg

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