> Either your experiences are not with recent Gimp versions or your window manager sucks and you should use a different one.
It's KDE4. When I minimize gimp's main window, those small windows do hide, and after I un-minimize the window they do appear back. But when I merely switch to other window, and then bring GIMP back forward, those windows aren't brought back -- they are still somewhere behind the window I just was in.
I don't think a program should dictate the choice of a window manager.
> With the current development version of Gimp they added a 'one window mode' so that it'll reflect the Photoshop behavior in Windows.
I have a 2.7.2-2009090102~jj version installed, this option is not yet there. It is supposed to be a life saver, yes.
Thanks to you I did find out that it is possible to change window types for those utility windows to be 'normal windows'. Now at least I will be able to bring them back from taskbar.
> So Photoshop in OS X is much more like Gimp in Linux rather then Photoshop in Windows in the way the window management works. It's just that in Linux you would have to manually separate your Windows into each virtual desktop rather then have it happen naturally
> which makes it all very confusing for people not used to how the Linux desktop works.
But this conclusion is just wrong. Linux desktop works pretty much the same way Windows desktop does. Yes, there are additional features like virtual desktops, but many people, me included, find them unnecessary and complicated, and would rather prefer to have Photoshop-like single window. You've said yourself that Photoshop under OS X is like GIMP, BUT at the same time Photoshop under Windows is a single window.
I hope this will all become moot once this new 'single window' mode for GIMP is available.