Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Jul 2009 21:38 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes It's time for another "OSNews asks" item. This time, I want to focus on something that I've been wanting to talk about with you all before, but never found the time for. The question is simple: which feature(s) from other operating systems would you like to see in your own main operating system?
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missing features
by JoshB on Wed 15th Jul 2009 22:07 UTC
JoshB
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2009-07-15

I've run for extended periods of time Windows (that's unavoidable with where I work), Mac OS X (bought a macbook for school and used it for about a year before selling it), BeOS (used it for several months until I realized the company had closed and compatibility was becoming an issue) and Linux (I went through about ten distros, probably a month at a time each, before settling on Ubuntu).

I don't really like Windows. As was mentioned, Mac OS X is boring, BeOS is great but not feasible, which leaves me with what I run now: Linux. The only thing I wish it had that it does not is the aforementioned expose (which I used on the Mac constantly and absolutely loved) and spotlight (the implementation on the mac just seems better than other similar search utilities). Knowing linux there's probably someone that's made some compiz add-on for expose, and someone else who has made a version of spotlight, I just haven't found them yet. Any one have any suggestions?

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RE: missing features
by Elv13 on Wed 15th Jul 2009 22:36 in reply to "missing features"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

The Exposé compix plugin come by default. Just install compiz-settings-manager and enable it. KWin Exposé plugin is even enabled by default.

About spotlight, Beagle is close. But KDE Alt+F2 with strigi+nepomuk enabled (some distro disable them for performances issue) is sometime better. I also heard about gnome-do, but I did not tester it, I don't know if it handle files, but probably.

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RE[2]: missing features
by JoshB on Wed 15th Jul 2009 22:53 in reply to "RE: missing features"
JoshB Member since:
2009-07-15

Thanks, I'll have to give those a try when I get home!

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RE[2]: missing features
by Tom9729 on Thu 16th Jul 2009 16:02 in reply to "RE: missing features"
Tom9729 Member since:
2008-12-09

The Gnome deskbar applet is much more like spotlight.

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RE: missing features
by mlankton on Thu 16th Jul 2009 16:37 in reply to "missing features"
mlankton Member since:
2009-06-11

Expo under compiz

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