FOSDEM: The Wayland display server
Posted Feb 22, 2012 9:59 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: FOSDEM: The Wayland display server
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Window decorations were never issue for me on Linux.
Nice strawman. I'm not talking about window decorations (but see below). I'm talking about interface hall of shame. Where Unix/Linux is primary exhibit: all programs use different approaches (sometimes OK goes to the left, sometimes to the right, different programs use different shapes and forms for basic elements like checkboxes, etc). Window decorations are lipstick on the pig. All OSes have programs which look inconsistently - it's always possible to do, but if anything belong to hall of shame it's Linux with it's "progressive" architecture, not other OSes which use "obviously brain-dead" approach.
Now back to the question of window decorations. Note that while in MacOS or Windows the programs which explicitly decided to use "something different" look out of place (things like ICQ or MS Office) but in Linux it happens with programs which don't try to do that, too (think Google's Chrome).
Besides consistency, because window manager draws decorations, I can easily configure different decorations (or lack of decorations) for different windows.
Right. 1001th time where Linux punishes application developers "to empower users". In the end users don't feel all that empowered: they find out that they don't have access to their favorite applications and choose to use the other platform.
BTW you can do that in MacOS or Windows, too: since most application use standard functions to draw the decorations you can intercept appropriate functions and draw different decorations. It'll not work with all applications (some will not use standard functions or they may use some of them but not others), but again: in this case the person who changes the status quo feels the pain, not Joe Average who just wants to use his computer, not twiddle bazillion options day and night.
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