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 - minimize helps
by jabbotts on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 20:25 UTC in reply to "Minimize Windows"
jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

As the other poster mentioned "get out of my way, but don't close".

With Enlightenment, I was all about window-shades; the app window sliding up into the task bar leaving just the narrow title bar visible. I could have three shell windows open but not taking more than three title tiles of desktop space.

KDE has both window-shade and minimized states. It even gives me a nice un-tile automatically when I hover over the title. Having tried both, minimizing a program I want on that desktop but not currently in view has won out over shrinking it up into a title bar slat.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Ah shading, something I never understood what it was useful for.
I just don't see why you'd want to minimize stuff, especially to the desktop. The only time I see my desktop is when I log in, after than it's almost always covered by, usually maximized, windows. This is also why I totally fail to see the point of desktop widgets. Or fancy wallpapers for that matter.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

With E, I had the right side of the screen kept clear so icons in that area where always accessible. E's warf and pager ended up nice and small due to the effect of growing screen resolutions. I don't think I can remember an app that required full screen versus maximized within the majority of the screen.

With KDE, desktop icons would be useless. You need the taskbar type segment to slide in and out of view. The way programs are layed out along with the DE layout suites a true full screen app rather than maximized within the majority of the screen.

With shaded windows, it was having multiple title bars in view. Program updates to the title bar still came through without a mouse-over on an icon. I could see five different shell title bars and which where running versus waiting for my attention. X was more of a way to run multiple rxvt shells and display graphic content rather than for the pointy-clicky interaction. This was at the time when tabbed browsing was rare so multiple windows holding web pages open also.

These days with most of my programs at 80% screen (leaves Conky visible) or 100% full screen, shaded windows don't help me much. I appreciate the function remaining available and the unshade on hover is nice for skimming through the stack. It's not something one can't live without though.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

The only time I see my desktop is when I log in, after than it's almost always covered by, usually maximized, windows. This is also why I totally fail to see the point of desktop widgets. Or fancy wallpapers for that matter.


IMO that's one of the biggest advantages of virtual desktops. I can get a unobstructed view of the desktop's contents just by switching to an empty desktop - without having to minimize or juggle currently-open apps/windows.

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