Brian J. Tarricone
bjt23 at cornell.edu
Thu Jun 9 22:52:03 CEST 2005
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Olivier Fourdan wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-06-09 at 12:24 -0700, Don Christensen wrote:
>>I think that making the intelligent window placement a selectable
>>option would be relatively easy and could help with benchmarks.
>>And heck, someone might even prefer the non-intelligent placement
> Actually, I'm really considering removing the smart placement. Not
> because it makes things slower, but because I come to the conclusion
> that when I run an application, I expect it to appear where my eyes
> look, and that's generally in the middle of the screen...
Interesting. I've gotten pretty good at predicting where xfwm4 will
place new windows, and I usually am ready for where it pops up. One
thing I really do like is a case where I have a terminal open doing
something somewhere, and then I want another one. sticking it in
another corner of the screen, not overlapping, is a big win for me,
since the most common case for that scenario involves me opening a new
term to do something using the info currently displayed in the old term.
(This is one of the reasons I don't use tabbed terminals.)
Now, I can understand how a new user could be a little confused, because
they don't have any experience with the algorithm. This introduces a
learning curve, which I personally don't care about, but probably makes
xfwm4 less "usable" to new users.
Please don't ditch the current behavior. I'd hate to see another nice
advanced-ish feature get dumbed-down in the name of 'usability' (not
picking specifically on xfwm4 here, I mean 'another' in general).
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