Icons need action ?
Posted Oct 13, 2005 11:01 UTC (Thu) by kenmoffat
Parent article: A pair of desktop initiatives
Surely, the only thing icons need is to be removed from the desktop ;) I'll admit to using icons on the taskbar when I run a kde desktop (which isn't very often, and only to test that it built ok), but what's so great about icons ? I don't know what sort of screens the "average" user is using, but on 1600x1200 I really don't have space for icons on my desktop (one browser window, a couple of xterms, xmms, and almost all the background is covered).
I'm using icewm, I suppose that the things at the left of the taskbar count as icons (menu, show desktop, window list, xterm), but of those the menu and the xterm are the only ones I use. People, we need to leave behind this fixation for random tiny pictures scattered across the background!
If you know what you want to run, ctrl-alt-space to type the program name (icewm) or some other keystrokes on other wms to get a requester where you can type the program name. If you don't know what it's called, use the menus. Of course, if the menus are an impenetrabe maze, that's a different problem.
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