[sugar] Supporting desktop applications, extending the EWMH spec
Sun Sep 21 20:16:53 EDT 2008
On Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 3:56 PM, Mikus Grinbergs <mikus at bga.com> wrote:
>>>> The principal goal of this discussion is to make the X Activity
>>>> unnecessary by moving that functionality into Sugar's window management.
>> what percentage of "legacy" applications are multiwindow? If it is a small
>> percentage, then maybe we shouldn't be so focused on their support at
>> the expense of the simplicity we are striving for in the whole.
> I believe there are two separate subjects here.
> One is: _Given_ multiwindows, what is a good (for the Sugar USER)
> way to support them while keeping Sugar "simple"? For myself, if I
> have the facilities to navigate between multiwindows (e.g., with
> alt-tab), I'm satisfied. [The role Frame plays with multiwindows
> *does* need to be worked out - at the least, gray circles should not
> be left behind.]
> The other is: Provide an easy-for-applications-to-use framework for
> adapting how non-Sugar APPLICATIONS can run on that "simple" Sugar
> core. This transformation may involve "sugarization", or the X
> activity, or the command line, or whatever. [And not just "legacy"
> applications will be multiwindow, but also non-Sugar applications
> Just like effort is being devoted towards enhancing Sugar
> __development__ where a single platform would be limiting, effort
> ought to be devoted towards emulating application __execution__
> requirements -- where Sugar's existing window design would be limiting.
> I am not familiar with the X activity, but enhancing it to be the
> "intermediary" which converts windowing as requested by many types
> of non-Sugar applications into windowing as provided by Sugar --
> that ought to be easier to do than to individually "massage" each
> such application to make it fit Sugar directly. [Put any complexity
> into the "intermediary"; keep Sugar "simple".]
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Put any complexity into the "intermediary"; keep Sugar "simple".
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