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Re: The need for an official GNUstep desktop

From: Rogelio Serrano
Subject: Re: The need for an official GNUstep desktop
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 18:32:02 +0800

On 8/28/06, Chris Vetter <address@hidden> wrote:
On 2006-08-28 03:03:28 +0200 Rogelio M. Serrano Jr.
<address@hidden> wrote:
> A new window manager needs to be written but then again its just a
> very
> big job.

Is it really?
All a  _window_ manager has to do is _manage_ windows. That is,
(create and) open them, move them around and (some way or other)
minimize them. Ok, maybe also implement 'shading' (minimizing windows
to just their titlebar). That's all.

Everything else, like a top-level Menubar, a Dock, a Workspace (the
desktop background) can and should be handled by either different
applications or maybe plugins (to the window manager), the latter
preferably running as separate threads.

> Im more inclined to simplify the desktop and build something
> that can evolve while still being useful in the immediate term.

Plugins, then.

i am looking at twm code right now and it looks manageable. although
im not a big fan of wimp and x anymore i will still need to work with
multiple windows in the meantime.

plugins would be the right way to go, yeah. but i think i will leave
that to someone else.

things i hate about my linux pc:

1. it takes more than a second to boot up
2. keeps asking about filenames and directories
3. does not remember what i was working on yesterday
4. does not remember all the changes i have ever made
5.cannot figure out necessary settings by itself

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