Linked by David Adams on Thu 12th May 2011 17:19 UTC, submitted by rhyder
Graphics, User Interfaces Back in the 80s, a GUI paradigm called WIMP (Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pointer) began to establish itself as the new way in which most people interacted with a computer. When it comes to one of the most significant elements of that system, overlapping windows, I'm beginning to wonder, has it had its day?
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RE: Who knows
by OSbunny on Thu 12th May 2011 18:45 UTC in reply to "Who knows"
OSbunny
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2009-05-23

I am computer literate and I prefer to run windows maximized. I like to focus on one thing at a time. I can always switch tasks if I want to. As far as dragging and dropping goes the dolphin file manager has support for split windows.

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RE[2]: Who knows
by No it isnt on Thu 12th May 2011 19:16 in reply to "RE: Who knows"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Split windows within Dolphin don't really account for more than a minor fraction of my drag & drop activities. I drag file names from Dolphin to the command line (very practical), and I drag files from Akregator to Dolphin or to the desktop (I'm sure there are better ways to get podcasts, but I don't really want to bother with more than one RSS reader). It's not even about "switching tasks"; one task takes several applications.

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RE[3]: Who knows
by phoenix on Thu 12th May 2011 22:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Who knows"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Dragging over the taskbar icon will cause that app to come to the front. Very useful on small screens where you don't have the luxury of enough space to keep more than one app visible at a time.

What's nice about kwin in KDE4 is the "drag to window border to resize" feature, which even works with maximised windows. Gives you the benefits of "keep everything maximised" with all the benefits of "non-overlapping" when you want more than one window onscreen.

Neither "always non-overlapping", nor "always maximised", nor "jumble of windows everywhere" is the best. Use the mode that suits the task at hand.

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