You still have virtual desktop, right inside X itself. (There is settings for both the virtual
desktop size, and "physical" desktop size)
It could work exactly like the multiple desktop idea, instead of jumping pixels, you could
jump screen sizes, and the panel(s) could be made as overlays in the desktop. Question is if
that isn't just another way of implementing multiple desktops, and would also be covered.
But if we skipped the jumping of screen sizes, and kept the panel(s) overlaid, then it could
possibly be non-infringing, and maybe quite nice.
- That we maybe have to bow to the will of the patent trolls some day, on the other hand, is
quite disgusting. Even more, since us outside US will be affected by ridiculous American law,