Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Aug 2009 19:08 UTC
Linux A complaint you hear quite often is that the Linux desktop environments, which mostly refers to KDE and GNOME, are trying too hard to be like Windows and Mac OS X. Now, even James Bottomley, Distinguished Engineer at Novell, Director of the Linux Foundation, and Chair of its Technical Advisory Board (put that on your business card) states in an interview that he believes the Linux desktop is too much like Windows and Mac.
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Gnome and KDE maybe...
by ichi on Thu 27th Aug 2009 20:10 UTC
ichi
Member since:
2007-03-06

Awesome, Ratpoison or even Enlightenment and Fluxbox, not so much.

Anyway whatever the DE/WM looks like, as long as I can customize it and it supports alt+drag, focus follows mouse, rise windows only on click and virtual desktops, I'm happy (and being able to roll up windows is also a nice plus).

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RE: Gnome and KDE maybe...
by Doc Pain on Fri 28th Aug 2009 00:00 in reply to "Gnome and KDE maybe..."
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

Anyway whatever the DE/WM looks like, as long as I can customize it and it supports alt+drag, focus follows mouse, rise windows only on click and virtual desktops, I'm happy (and being able to roll up windows is also a nice plus).


Especially when I can combine this functionality with the keyboard. For example, I have functions like foreground, background, roll up, hide, maximize and so on on the left 2x5 keys of my Sun keyboard. It's quite easy to move the pointer into a window and then press the key in order to perform a specific WM action. (The "feeling" for which key to press can be learned very fast, I've learned typing, so it's quite easy, and you don't have to move your left hand up to the function keys or perform strange Ctrl+Alt+PF grips.) If I didn't mention it yet: WindowMaker works excellently here in such a setting. :-)

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RE: Gnome and KDE maybe...
by cjcoats on Fri 28th Aug 2009 12:04 in reply to "Gnome and KDE maybe..."
cjcoats Member since:
2006-04-16

And lets me get "window-list" and "application" menus by right- or left-clicking in the background.
Every WM I've used, all the way back to OLWM on Sparc2 back in the early Nineties did that.

Except KDED 4.x. (Ironically, KDE3.x has the easiest/best customization I know of that way.)

And when I've tried to go through the appropriate channels on that one, I've been shot down.
Or told I should have made it a feature request right off the bat.

Should I also have made "support for 3-button mice" a feature request? You should be able to take some things for granted.

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