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With broadband, I've gone back to using my Linux box (rather than my iBook) as my main 'net machine, and found myself missing the OSX Exposé feature; i.e., the way that pressing F10 causes all the current application's windows to be (temporarily) scaled down and shown alongside each other, for the user to take their pick. Browsing the web on OSX, I have grown used to it. The fact that Firefox doesn't have a window menu (as Mozilla did) compounds it, as digging in the pile of browser windows invariably involves using the abbreviated and randomly-ordered WindowMaker window menu.

I feel a window manager change coming on. Can anyone recommend a Linux/X11 window manager/utility that does something like Exposé? I'm willing to allow for X11 not being Quartz and the scaled-down windows not being animated.

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On October 27th, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Re: KDE
% dpkg -l '*kompose*'
No packages found matching *kompose*.

Is it part of KWM, or some other system? Do I need to load the entirety of KDE to use it?
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On October 27th, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC), dreamstooloud commented:
personally I've found Mozilla more useful than Firefox.
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On October 27th, 2004 07:05 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Why? And how long ago was this? (That was my impression around Firefox 0.7 or so, but it has since overtaken Mozilla.)
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On October 28th, 2004 11:45 am (UTC), dreamstooloud replied:
this was maybe a month ago. I didn't actually give Firefox much of a chance, tho, just fiddled with it a bit.
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On October 28th, 2004 04:45 pm (UTC), bluestate commented:
You know... exposé is a really cool feature that I never use except to show people how cool it looks. I navigate everything with the dock. And tabbed browsing with Safari rox. How did we get by without tabbed browsing?

Hey have you noticed that when a Windows user gets onto your mac they proceed to minumise every open window into the dock to get at something behind them? I really don't understand.
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On October 28th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
I tend to create too many browser windows as it is, tabs or no tabs. I'm a compulsive multitasker. The Mozilla Windows menu was my traditional browser-window-management strategy, though with that gone from Firefox, it becomes harder. On OSX, though, F10ing and picking my target from the lineup works really nicely and fairly quickly (the slow graphics on my web iBook notwithstanding).

Aside: I've also been a virtual-desktop junkie since starting using X in the early 1990s; I traditionally split tasks between desktops. When OSX came out, I felt lost without this feature (and the half-baked implementations which couldn't split an app's windows between desktops didn't help much), though these days I don't miss it as much with Command-Tab and Exposé.
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On November 6th, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC), cyflea replied:
Well, with Desktops Manager I'm able to work just like I used to - a coupla virtual desktops does just fine. I've been too busy to let Exposé into my working habits just yet. One of these days...

(I did let go of Emacs, though, when I got my first Powerbook. Well, mostly. I still compile it occasionally, just to know it's there.)
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