Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 5th Nov 2009 21:05 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y There's no right way to do it, only ideas that are better than others in certain situations. But if you had the opportunity to head up the design of a new OS, one to Put Things Right, one that could be radical enough to varnish out those UI/X bumps that have clung on for years, but practical enough to be used every day, what would you design? How would you handle application management? What about file types and compatibility? Where would you cherry pick the best bits from other OSes and where would you throw away tradition? I've tackled this challenge for myself and present (an unfinished idea): KrocOS (warning: HTML5 site, will display without CSS in IE/older browsers). OSnews Asks: What would make your perfect OS?
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Some good ideas
by Zifre on Thu 5th Nov 2009 22:12 UTC
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I like many of the ideas, especially 'no-brands', and making applications file-management based.

Some of these things are possible to do right now. For example, on my Ubuntu installation I never open programs, only files (with the exception of Chrome and Calculator, since they are not file based).

Rather than using File/Open, I find the file with the file manager and open it.

Instead of opening, for example, Word Processor to create a new document, I navigate the folder where I want the document created and create it using a template called "ODF Text Document" stored in ~/Templates.

For window management, I would love to see an easy to use tiling window manager: Each screen would be divided into two columns. Each column would be divided vertically into any number of frames. Each frame would have tabs that would contain windows. There would no necessary keyboard shortcuts (although they would still exist). The user could select an active column or frame that new windows would appear in. Applications could integrate with the window manager so that for example, a web browser would use the window manager's tabs, rather than having its own.

Edited 2009-11-05 22:13 UTC

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