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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Comment by orestes
by orestes on Thu 12th May 2011 19:36 UTC
orestes
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2005-07-06

If we, collectively, were going to get rid of overlapping windows I think we'd be better off with something like Jef Raskin's Archy than with more traditional tiling WMs.

Not that I think it's a great idea for designers to be forcing that sort of decision on the userbase en masse in the first place. As an option sure, but not a wholesale shift.

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RE: Comment by orestes
by WereCatf on Thu 12th May 2011 21:11 in reply to "Comment by orestes"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Not that I think it's a great idea for designers to be forcing that sort of decision on the userbase en masse in the first place. As an option sure, but not a wholesale shift.


Indeed. I definitely would really hate it. I have tried several tiling window managers and.. I just cannot bring myself to like them. With overlapping windows I can have only the relevant part of the window visible which obviously saves me screen real-estate, and I can arrange the windows exactly the way that suits my taste. Tiling window managers on the other hand either hide the whole window or show the whole window, thus wasting space. Not to mention the fact that they're inconvenient.

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RE[2]: Comment by orestes
by abstraction on Thu 12th May 2011 22:50 in reply to "RE: Comment by orestes"
abstraction Member since:
2008-11-27

I thought about trying to explain why I disagree with your oppinion on tiling window managers and your use of the word inconvenient but I have reached a point in my life where I dont really care to explain my viewpoint anymore. People I explain stuff to mostly come to the same conclusion anyway given enough time.

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