xfdesktop woes

Benedikt Meurer benedikt.meurer at unix-ag.uni-siegen.de
Sat May 29 23:35:42 CEST 2004

Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
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So, here's my 2cents: I'm really against the "take less care about multihead" 
option. It causes way too much trouble. I just want to point out the trouble 
with the mcs manager. Sure it works just nice in single screen mode, but its 
current design does not allow any easy solution to make it multihead safe, I'm 
trying to work out a backward compatible solution for this problem for about 
three weeks now and its really non-trivial. I think taking care of multihead 
issues the first time is way easier than having the trouble to fix it later 
(this counts for everything, not just multihead, of course).

And speaking of xfdesktop, and the probably addition of desktop icons one day, 
it'll be easier to e.g. handle DnD of icons between screens within one 
instance, than having to care about IPC (though DnD is always tricky). And 
while being at it, I would really like to be able to move windows between 
screens, which is currently not possible because each screens has its own 
xfwm4 instance (this is no feature request, just a point to think about, esp. 
when speaking about usability).

Don't get me wrong. I'm really a friend of simple solutions, but not if that 
means that it'll require non-trivial work-arounds to get things done at a 
later time.

>    -brian


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