Window manager variety
Posted Apr 21, 2012 23:12 UTC (Sat) by khim
In reply to: Window manager variety
Parent article: LFCS 2012: X and Wayland
there are a lot of things that have been 'explicity rejected' by people in the past that are in common use today. It's not unusual for other things to change that make something that used to not be reasonable now become reasonable.
Sure. But before you'll try to resurrect some old concept you need to find out why it failed in the past. If it's some technical limitation then it may be overcome, if it's something psychological then situation is much harder.
For example a lot of guys present iPhone (or sometimes iPad) as reincarnation of Newton, and yes, the devices look similar. But the difference is extreme: Newton was built around the handwriting recognition. It was it's cornerstone, everything else was built around this idea. And it just so happen that this idea does not work. iPhone/iPad looks similar, but they don't include stylus and don't use handwriting recognition. At all. You can as well say that contemporary planes are just a reimplementation of the Daedalus creation.
In the case of tiling window managers, one thing to remember is that the screen resolution when they were 'explicitly rejected' for windows 1.0 was 640x400, screens are a bit bigger today, so things that wouldn't work then can work now.
Perhaps, but I seriously doubt it. The biggest problem with tiling managers is perception of the lost control. People want to control their windows, not have them arranged automatically. Perhaps it's possible to create tiling manager which will feel natural, but I'm not holding my breath.
Also, you need to break your mindset that Microsoft is the ultimate authority on the Right Way to do everything.
Of course not! Microsoft is not perfect, but Microsoft is what people use. For better or for worse Windows defines expectations - simply because it's the most popular UI.
Even so… Microsoft tries very hard to destroy itself for the last five years or so. People hated (and still hate) their Ribbon - but apparently not enough to switch to something else. Perhaps Metro will finally push them over the edge?
This gives newcomes a chance. But I doubt something as radically different as tiling WM will be accepted by Joe Average even in the wake of Metro fisco.
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