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Comment Re:Multiple desktops for OS X? (Score 3, Informative) 125

If you don't use full-screen-as-a-separate-space, it only requires a little tweaking of default parameters to get something usable, even if not to your liking. (By the way, is there some setting so that the default action is zoom and the alt/option one is full screen ?)

In settings -> mission control, deactivate automatically rearrange spaces, which is probably why you think that some applications appear on multiple spaces: actually, it's only on a single space (by default), but the spaces keep being rearranged.

If you want a space to span all monitors, I guess you can do it here too, but I'm a fan of distinct spaces on distinct screens, a feature I had 15 years ago on X11 (but which implied the inability to move windows between screens). Note that GNOME 3 does (did?) something "interesting" by default, which is a single desktop on the secondary screen, and virtual desktops on the primary one. Probably useful on laptops in presentation mode. (Is the default over-ridable) ?

In settings -> keyboard -> shortcuts, activate Mission control per-space bindings, so that you can swap between spaces with ctrl-(number). The catch is that you have to organize your spaces by task. You can then bind applications to some spaces. You can do that by alt-clicking in the dock and looking in options. Older versions of Mac OS X with Spaces (instead of Mission Control) had a list of assignations.

The space selection widget is gone though, if you won't use shortcuts, it's F3. Each space is rendered as a thumbnail on the top, you could choose a different background for each space if it helps you. The bottom part is all of the windows in the currently selected space. What is not very obvious is finding the currently selected space, depending on your color scheme: the white border is not very visible on white background.

Comment Really ? (Score 0) 125

You forgot to profess your love for Visual Studio, and how you used to program with vi or emacs.
Because apart telling us than Windows 10 now has virtual desktops and how bad a job you're doing at organizing them, I don't know what was your point.
If you can't keep your stuff organized, try invoking $MOTHER, because your issues are not technical in nature.

Comment Re:Try NextStep (Score 1) 354

I like the original idea behind AfterStep - to make an open source implementation of Obj-C and the Foundation, and Appkit frameworks to make porting OpenSTEP applications to Linux or other open source operating systems easier.

You're thinking of GNUstep (which by the way is not limited to OpenStep's original floating menus).
AfterStep started as a configuration file and some applets for fvwm, before forking.
Window Maker was written from scratch, and they wrote the WINGs toolkit for it. As the toolkit name says, WINGs Is Not GNUstep.
I'm writing this on a Window Maker desktop :)

Comment MIT researchers live in ivory towers (Score 4, Insightful) 168

Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it. -- Donald Knuth

If the hard drive firmware is not proven, this FS won't be any better than ZFS and others.
Writing safe file systems is the easy part (even trivial using synchronous writes, when you consider their design is "slow").
The impossible part is dealing with firmwares that are known to lie (including pretending than a write is synchronous): how could you not lose data if the drive didn't ever write the data to the platters in the first place ?

Comment Re:What was that? (Score 2) 345

That "summary" is just a rambling pile of words.

Yep, it reeks American jingoism, yet it is excerpted FTFA, published on
I wonder if Stephen Bayley (article's author, himself a Welsh, "design critic, cultural critic, journalist and author", according to Wikipedia) is trolling his readership.

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.