the next step on the desktop
Aaron J. Seigo
aseigo at kde.org
Fri Feb 4 00:47:08 CET 2011
On Thursday, February 3, 2011, alex.tolar wrote:
> Good night everybody,
> I'm not using Windows since Ubuntu Dapper Drake, and Macintosh since before
> the colored iMacs: can't care less. Win7, OsX, Gnome3, Unity and many
> minor distros adopted a Dock: maybe not for a fool reason at all. I'm not
well, tbh, it's something like this:
* MacOS uses a dock
* it becomes an object of desire
* Microsoft freaks out, does what it does: copies
* Canonical wants to become an object of desire, mimics Mac in many ways
i don't think there's been a lot of critical thinking about dock usage. in
fact, the mac dock was roundly criticized when it came out by usability folks.
i'm not dead set against a dock, but i am against doing something because it's
a trend. and with docks, that's what we have here.
> possibilities and polish. The great game, probably, is setting then the
> defaults. :)
> About having an icon-only launcher/task manager on the panel: there are 3
> GREAT benefits:
> 1) Single-instance applications
> - Why having 4 Dolphins instances when you have tabs support?
because i -want- two windows open?
> Talking also about memory resources!
many multi-window apps are single process these days.
> - It's not pleasant to accidentally run 2 instances of Amarok or Skype
amarok is a single instance app, skype is just plain broken.
> 2) Friendly to touchscreens, which are probably the future.
if the number of items is kept to a minimum, yes.
> 3) Last, but not least: ditching the Application status icons!
that's doable with the current tasks widget as well, so this isn't a benefit
of a dock.
> About Tool Box
> - There's a huge practical problem with the Tool Box: it must not be
> covered by windows. That's a good reason (and a good idea!) why it should
> be moved to Krunner.
it configures something that is covered by windows though :) keeping controls
contextual is important imo
> - could be a bonus to automatically launch Krunner
> when switching to a Dashboard?
interesting idea to try out...
Aaron J. Seigo
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