It’s time for another “OSNews asks” item. This time, I want to focus on something that I’ve been wanting to talk about with you all before, but never found the time for. The question is simple: which feature(s) from other operating systems would you like to see in your own main operating system?
As most of you will know, Windows 7 made me switch full-time to Windows again, and ever since last Christmas, when the beta got out, it’s been my main operating system. As much as I “like” using Windows 7 (I hate all operating systems except BeOS), there’s still a few features from other operating systems that I would like to see in Windows 7.
First and foremost, I am a big proponent of Mac OS X’s ExposÃ©. While I really like the new features Aero Snap brings to Windows when it comes to window management, there is simply no replacement for ExposÃ©. I wish Microsoft would just suck it up and implement it alright. Sometimes it’s simply better to admit that your competitor has a really good feature than to come up with a lame rip-off that doesn’t work as well (Flip 3D). ExposÃ© + Aero Snap = window management nirvana.
There are a number of third party tools that bring ExposÃ© to Windows, but none of them work as smoothly and effectively as ExposÃ©. Obviously, I’m open to suggestions.
Sticking to the area of window management, there are two things in this field I miss from BeOS. First, double-clicking on the titlebar to minimise a window. I find this a very natural way of minimising windows, and I personally find it a more logical result of double-clicking a titlebar than maximising. Mac OS X inherited the feature from Be engineers who joined Apple, and KDE and Compiz have the ability too. The second one is the ability to “send a window to back”.
Another issue I have with Windows is that clicking an inactive window will make said window actually register that click. I prefer it when my clicks in an inactive window do not get processed by that window so you don’t accidentally click a button or something similar. It also prevents you from having to search for a “safe” area to click.
Those are the main things I’m missing in my main operating system. What are yours?
I am using Debian Squeeze KDE4 and I would like to have:
1. The graphics subsystem from Windows Version 6.1 (as FOSS for all chips)
2. Unified drag and drop software installs for desktop apps (kinda like OSX, but + central update feature)
3. Dtrace/ZFS from Solaris
4. Shutdown times from AmigaOS
5. Universal app store/market from Android/iPhoneOS
7. HAMMER from Dragonfly
8. Realtime from RHEL
Gladly most of this stuff is in the pipeline (or very similar things)