Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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RE: Minimize Windows
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 19:06 UTC in reply to "Minimize Windows"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Minimize window is still good when you have your screen set up with the windows in the configuration you want, but want to remove a window from your current view, with out closing it. Its a "get out of my way, but don't close" option. Its useful.

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RE[2]: Minimize Windows
by Soulbender on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 20:28 in reply to "RE: Minimize Windows"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

but want to remove a window from your current view, with out closing it


Just switch to another window, that neatly gets the window out of your way. Or maybe there could just be a feature like "Send to back" that sends the window to the back of the window stack.
I dunno, maybe it's just me but it's been years since I found minimize to be actually useful. In fact, I find it annoying and it's one of the first things I try to disable.

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RE[3]: Minimize Windows
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 20:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Minimize Windows"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

You don't understand the situation I was describing. Sometimes I arrange terminal windows into a grid pattern, with no overlapping. Sometimes one of them is running a long process with lots of output dumped to the screen. Its sorta distracting, so I want to hide it. There is no window its overlapping (other windows are on other virtual desktops). I want all other windows to stay exactly where they are. There isn't anything better for this situation other than minimize.

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RE[3]: Minimize Windows
by csixty4 on Sat 23rd Jan 2010 16:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Minimize Windows"
csixty4 Member since:
2007-10-08

I like having a little "white space" around my windows. Having other windows open behind them is just noise pulling my attention away from the task I'm working on.

I tend to use OSX's "hide" feature more than minimizing, though.

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