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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Why not have best of all
by Verenkeitin on Thu 12th May 2011 19:52 UTC
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It all depends on who you are, what you do and what size screen you have.

When you need to work with multiple applications you'll want freedom to organise them in what ever configuration is most useful. Sometimes that is side to side, sometimes overlapping, and sometimes one always on top. Limiting these options or favouring one over others regardless of context would be simply stupid.

KDE has nice implementation that makes all window configurations equally simple. There is full screen and overlapping windows, AND you can trigger resize & reposition to half, quarter or full screen with appropriate location by dragging window to screen edge.

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RE: Why not have best of all
by phoenix on Thu 12th May 2011 22:10 in reply to "Why not have best of all "
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No one single mode is perfect for every possible situation or setup. This is a fact! Thus, no one single mode should be forced upon you (looking at you MS and Apple).

Use the mode that best serves your needs at the time.

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RE: Why not have best of all
by Neolander on Fri 13th May 2011 06:28 in reply to "Why not have best of all "
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An alternative approach which I'd like to see is tiling in most cases, but with an easy way to resize/move windows for those who can't get around their overlapping needs.

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