Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Dec 2005 14:06 UTC
KDE "As the release of KDE 3.5 draws near [Ed.: article probably written before the release], work is already underway at the Appeal project to integrate 3.5's major changes into the 4.0 series. Subprojects beneath Appeal's umbrella target simplified usability and progressive adjustments to the graphical user interface: The Tenor and Plasma projects will add functionality, while Oxygen and Coolness will enhance visual freshness."
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RE[2]: KDE 3.5 windows
by on Wed 14th Dec 2005 17:21 UTC in reply to "KDE 3.5 windows"

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While we are on the subject of window maximization states, I'm worried that the big window managers (kwin, Metacity, etc) are all going in the wrong direction when if comes to window management. At the moment, they are great if you are runing a standard 4:3 monitor or dual heads, but these days more and more monitors are coming out with widescreen aspect ratios. As most information is displayed vertically, rather than horizontally, maximizing a window to a 16:9 ratio wont be useful and users will have to manually adjust windows so that many different windows aren't overlapping each other. I don't see any window managers other than OS X dealing with this and I'm worried no one in open source will until MS Windows comes up with something nice to copy.

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RE[3]: KDE 3.5 windows
by anda_skoa on Wed 14th Dec 2005 17:36 in reply to "RE[2]: KDE 3.5 windows"
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2005-07-07

You could just maximize vertically. By default middle mouse button on maximize button, but you can change that to left mouse button if you need it more often than full maximize.

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RE[4]: KDE 3.5 windows
by CrimsonScythe on Thu 15th Dec 2005 05:18 in reply to "RE[3]: KDE 3.5 windows"
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2005-07-10

Excellent, thanks! I wasn't aware of this. One more point for you ;)

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RE[4]: KDE 3.5 windows
by on Wed 14th Dec 2005 19:35 in reply to "RE[2]: KDE 3.5 windows"
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I'm on a widescreen, and I still prefer maximizing most apps ;) This is probably because I don't multitask much, and I like giving an app my full attention.

On a tangent, my preference unfortunately makes the Gimp a pain to use in Windows, because maximizing the document window blocks out the toolbox (damn thing is never where you need it...). I wish they'd give the toolbox(es) a sidebar mode or something, either on the desktop or in the document window.

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RE[5]: KDE 3.5 windows
by on Wed 14th Dec 2005 19:43 in reply to "RE[4]: KDE 3.5 windows"
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"On a tangent, my preference unfortunately makes the Gimp a pain to use in Windows, because maximizing the document window blocks out the toolbox (damn thing is never where you need it...). I wish they'd give the toolbox(es) a sidebar mode or something, either on the desktop or in the document window."

I don't know if I understood you right, but at least in Linux you can make the GIMP toolbars to be always on top of other windows (Preferences - Window behavior, or something like that).

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RE[3]: KDE 3.5 windows
by subterrific on Wed 14th Dec 2005 23:50 in reply to "RE[2]: KDE 3.5 windows"
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2005-07-10

http://modeemi.cs.tut.fi/~tuomov/ion/

ion, hands down the most inovative window manager. It solves the overlapping windows problem and makes many other window management tasks very easy. It is a pretty radical departure from KWin or Metacity, but it only took me about a week to get used to it. I use GNOME, and I was able to replace Metacity with ion3.

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RE[4]: KDE 3.5 windows
by Rowan Lewis on Thu 15th Dec 2005 01:05 in reply to "RE[3]: KDE 3.5 windows"
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2005-10-13

Ion is an interesting idea, but even on my 17" screen I still prefer to have windows stacked and just ALT-TAB over them, especially when coding or working on website designs, you need all the room you can get.

However, I think KWin and Metacity should offer some method of arranging a few selected windows like Ion does.

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