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Re: Windows for Linux Wannabe's

__/ [ BearItAll ] on Tuesday 07 March 2006 15:07 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> http://virt-dimension.sourceforge.net/
>> ,----[ From the site: ]
>> | "Welcome to Virtual Dimension: a free, fast, and feature-full virtual
>> | desktop manager for Windows platform. The main goal of this open-source
>> | project is indeed to enhance the Microsoft "Window Manager" up to the
>> | level of usual Unix Window Manager, by providing virtual desktops, as
>> | well as some additional features, like always on top, window shading..."
>> `----
>> One wonders: why not simply migrate? That desktop environment irritates
>> the eye. Compare kpager or composite in xorg with the outcome shown above.
> In the very first paragraph where the major reasons for using it are given,
> "...like always on top, window shading..."
> Plus some unspecified reasons.
> Hardly a crowd puller I would have thought.

I  have  seen another virtual desktop/pager combo/application  for  Win32.
Live  demonstration by a colleague was even worse than the above i.e. more
unappealing;  rather appalling and deterring. It was merely a little  icon
in  the taskbar andnothing on par with the docked pager in KDE and  GNOME,
among others (KDE is more flexible than GNOME in that respect).

The positive thing about such enhancements is that they help the conserva-
tive  Windows  user  realise  what is missed 'out  of  the  box',  whereas
GNU/Linux gives it all bundled, as well as enabled by default. Try to tell
an average Windows user about XGL and its ability to revolve virtual desk-
top. See the reply you get...

Frankly,  I am surprised to see translucency in Windows versions that pre-
date  Vista. When it comes to transparencies, particularly in Internet Ex-
plorer,  Windows  is over a decade behind UNIX and derivatives.  It  gives
grey  artefacts,  which I believe IE7 has fixed. Firefox and  Opera  could
handle  it just fine. It is ironic that third-party software is giving Mi-
crosoft a lesson on their own turf.

Best wishes,


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