One thing I’d like to evangelize for desktop environment evolution - keep input method alternatives and fluid interfaces in mind - gestures, eye tracking, interactive animation, etc. Or at least don’t solely think in terms of keyboard-centrism.
(bias: I used to think a lot about trackpad gestures, to the point of making some shortcut tools / prototyping app switchers - see http://vivekgani.com/articles/making-thimble/ ) . See also a call for linux touchpad development - https://public.amplenote.com/4wdQRLmYVU6wAHo1V9yKgaJK & https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19485178
Following on from my post, “A Tiling Desktop Environment”, this weekend I built a new website to document my thinking and research as I consider the comments received, try out suggestions, and look into the state of open source desktop environments. It’s called Desktop Institute.
There’s no real technical information here yet–it’s just a “Coming Soon” sign with a link to a Patreon if one clicks in expecting content.
It’s usually much better (for search, discussion, moderation, etc.) to wait until you have a concrete post to discuss, instead of just using us like a marketing channel.
I use xfce with i3, which works like a charm. I still think it is too hard to use for newbies, and I think the windows approach is nicer (with the windows + arrow key placing a window to the corresponding side). Multiple workspaces are a must when you use a tiling desktop environment. I’m not sure if I’m actually more productive, but I surely feel more productive (and, you know, just more… like a hacker).
Windows 10 has quarter-screen tiling, too, and one nicety that makes it seem more like an actual tiling window manager: after you tile two windows, you can drag the border between them to resize both of them and keep the tiling arrangement. I’d like a stacking area feature, too, but you really do get a large chunk of the benefit of a tiling WM while staying in the stacking WM paradigm.
GNOME and KDE both have a shortcut for half screen tiling like Windows too. Unfortunately xfce still doesn’t render great in a HiDPI setting (which all of my displays need), it is improving though. I agree about workspaces — if most windows are overlapping you need lots of virtual real estate for them to be laid out.
Great initiative! I’m looking forward to your posts.