Re: How do I switch to Sawfish??

On Mon, Sep 02, 2002 at 01:01:29AM +0100, Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 01, 2002 at 11:05:54PM +0200, textshell neutronstar dyndns org wrote:
> > On Sun, Sep 01, 2002 at 03:06:44PM -0400, Sean Middleditch wrote:
> > > > The Window Manager in a desktop environment should be prechosen and just
> > > > work. And if you really need a different Window Manager then you are
> > > > advanced enough to search for it in gconf-editor, do a killall ...., or
> > > > just ask someone how to do it.
> > All software sucks, force one window manager at the user when there is no single
> > window manager that it the least sucking one for most users 
> You know what's funny? How quickly people forget history (even recent
> history).
> Not so many years ago, being able to switch the window manager was one of
> the many great advantages of GNOME over KDE...
> And also that you could so easily tweak the desktop so you had just that
> right feel and not the feel pre-imposed.
> Having things that just work, well... they only just work... they don't
> necessarily feel as good to everyone... being able to tweak is a Good
> Thing, convincing people that they are advanced just because they can
> change gconf keys? Puh-lease... More advanced than a robot? Yes.
> Advanced? No way...
> Anyway, it is always a hard balance between defining what's good and
> what's not, and how to balance tastes, but you definitely can't force
> peace between the hosts of Greece and Troy so let's not pretend there is
> a configuration silver bullet, m'kay?

I've been thinking about this for a while, and a
basic/intermediate/advanced scheme might be a Good Thing.  One of the
bitches that I've heard a lot of about GNOME2 is that suddenly all the
options are gone, and some little details that people liked and depended
on are gone (no specifics that's just the feel that I've gotten).  Would
having more options available in an advanced prefs view (or a global
option that is set via the prefs, which applications/appets check before
displaying their preference options).

Not sure if it's been discussed before (I haven't seen it) or if it's
just a lame idea, but thought I'd throw it out.  I have to agree with
Rui though, that the downfall of KDE a while back was that it was too
stringent on what you could and couldn't do.  While I agree that useless
prefs should be eliminated, sometimes it's good to have lots of choice


Alan "Arcterex" <alan ufies org>   -=][=-
"I used to herd dairy cows. Now I herd lusers. Apart from the isolation, I
think I preferred the cows. They were better conversation, easier to milk, and
if they annoyed me enough, I could shoot them and eat them." -Rodger Donaldson

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