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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Because I'm one of those people who have dozens of windows open all the time, I do not want to have a task bar taking up space and telling me that I indeed have 10 terminals, a couple of kghostviews, some gimp windows and five openoffice.org documents open.

    I can find these windows, because I know where they are. I know where they are, because my mind is so inflexible that they must always be in the same place. Mess with my virtual desktops and I will have to kill you.

    But within an application, it is very
    • I do not want to have a task bar taking up space and telling me that I indeed have 10 terminals, a couple of kghostviews, some gimp windows and five openoffice.org documents open.

      Any good taskbar will autohide to save space. OS X's dock and Window's task bar both do.

      • Things that appear when I move the mouse to a certain border suck. The borders of a screen are the most important space. I want to be able to move my mouse in that direction and then aim and click. Auto hiding stuff interferes with that. I don't want docks/taskbars to auto hide, I don't want automatic virtual desktop switching.

        The top side of the screen is where title bars are. The right side is where scroll bars are. The bottom is where status bars are. And the left side, which used to be the only solution, is now taken by all kinds of sidebars.

        This said, I do have a taskbar. KDE's "kasbar". It's auto-hiding and lives centered at the top. But obviously, it's a mess, because I keep windows open. Top center is doable, but it still sucks. I wish there was a good way to do without. Tabs in gimp and oowriter would certainly help, because that's where the taskbar is necessary.

        I love MDI, just not the way Unixish things handle it. Windows got it right. Ctrl+button instead of Alt+button has always made sense to me. Only a taskbar inside the application was missing. Tabs fix that, and are a lame excuse for not having to manage windows in the bigger window. Opera did it right and had the most useful solution. I still don't understand why the taskbar is *outside* the tabs in Firefox and Mozilla. And I'd love to be able to tile documents without using a second window.

        But no, some people decided that MDI was bad. Then, others thought it was good. But they couldn't just reintroduce it, because of the taboo. Tabs were invented, and now we have two incomplete solutions to choose from: MDI, tabs. But please, no forced SDI.