Ian Reinhart Geiser
geiseri at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 20 15:06:05 BST 2002
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This is very nice...
I guess my only complaint, was with the pager. While it is infinitely easier
to use and to manage screens than anything I have ever seen it just takes up
way to much realestate. Unless user have a 128 pixel kicker it would not
make a very effective doc applet, and I am not sure I like it as an always on
That begin said I think we should explore this some more because this does
make (imho) using KDE much easier when you have a smaller screen and tons of
virtual consoles. Also I think from a user point a view panorama is more
useful to. Just for giggles I did some spying on my fiance and her KDE
usage. She has one very very crowded window and 3 empty consoles... She is
a very technical individual and the idea of virtual consoles seem cute, but
hard to use.
Personally I think this warrents some serious exploration. For once we can
have a truly inovative idea for desktop usage, instead of always trying to
copy every Microsoft and Apple feature.
- -ian reinhart geiser
On Tuesday 20 August 2002 07:14 am, David Boddie wrote:
> [Apologies to those of you who are subscribed to both kwin and
> kde-core-devel as you may get this message twice.]
> For the last few months, as part of my day job, I've been working on
> various additions and changes to KWin. These have been based on some
> of my employer's ideas and previous work on the usability of desktop
> environments. Some basic usability testing has been performed by my
> colleagues, the results of which should get written up in the near
> The main direction of the work has been the addition of viewport
> support to KWin through patches to kdebase/kwin and kdelibs/kdecore.
> These changes were made to support a model of the desktop in which
> the desktop surface may be represented by a ring of connected
> screens. This model is supported by a suitable pager application.
> I realise that this sort of virtual desktop is not likely to become
> part of the mainstream KDE distribution so, with this in mind, I've
> put up some web pages which provide some more detailed information
> and an overview. The source code (currently, patches against files
> in CVS) is there for those who feel adventurous and want to try it
> Comments and constructive criticism are welcome. I'd particularly
> like to know whether my corrections to the viewport handling in
> kdelibs/kdecore/netwm.cpp are reasonable.
> Have fun,
"Gee, Toto, I don't think we are in Kansas anymore."
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