Re: Idiot-proofing gnome

On 18/12/2007, at 4:53 PM, Karl Goetz wrote:

On Tue, 2007-12-18 at 02:19 +0100, Jancio Wodnik wrote:
Daniel Kasak pisze:

I often get called to PCs that have 20 or so instances of Evolution,
Firefox & internal applications running. People clearly don't understand
the difference between an application launcher, and an application's
icon in the taskbar.

Then they should be taught the difference.

Possibly, a solution for this exists in Gnome. With startup
notification, we should be able to link an app's launcher with a running
instance of an app, right? So could there be an option to make app
launchers launch *only* one instance, and all further clicks on the
launcher bring this instance into view, instead of launcher more apps?

I agree, anybody else ?

I like having the option to launch multiple applications, eg:
	web browser/s
	text editor/s

while initially it seems like a good idea, people do need the ability to launch multiple instances of the same application. Making this harder would degrade the user experience for the people that need to do that, and for the people that have no idea that they're launching more instances of the same application, it probably won't affect them.

Having said that apple of course has a very intuative toolbar which handles both application launching and window management, perhaps moving towards that model of a single icon for both functions would be a good idea, perhaps with a right click option to launch new instance.


Karl Goetz <kamping_kaiser internode on net>
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