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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2002
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So, just for fun, I emerged GNOME 2. It's pretty. In fact, it's so pretty that I almost want to switch from using no desktop environment. But here are some problems I have (mostly "ways in which metacity differs from enlightenment")
  • xawtv does not fullscreen properly
  • Not immediately obvious if a "snap to edge" behavior is available for moving windows (i.e. nudging one window into another window will not make them overlap immediately)
  • Not immediately obvious if you can alt+click to drag a window around (it's not really a keyboard shortcut)
  • Not immediately obvious how to set different backgrounds for multiple desktops
  • Not immediately obvious how to edit GNOME menus
If any of you use GNOME and have any answers, I'd like to hear it!
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[User Picture]From: stargazer
2002-12-03 05:43 pm (UTC)
Not immediately obvious if a "snap to edge" behavior is available for moving windows

Here's a general rule of thumb: if it didn't happen right out of the box, Metacity doesn't have it. :) There are very, very few exceptions, and this is not one of them. You might find Metacity-Setup useful, if you haven't already. The things in there are most of the important exceptions. :)

Not immediately obvious if you can alt+click to drag a window around

I'm not sure what you mean here. Alt+click and then moving the mouse moves the window until you release Alt? Alt+click and then move with the keyboard? In any case, however, I expect the same rule given above to apply.

Not immediately obvious how to set different backgrounds for multiple desktops

You mean there's a window manager where that is immediately obvious? :) I doubt it's doable; if it is, it's probably a major hack. (For example, IceWM lets you do it by making one huge composite image and using that as the background, or did in older versions, anyway.)

Not immediately obvious how to edit GNOME menus

You have two options:

  1. Through the context menu of the item you want to edit; call that up by right-clicking the item. Folders, including the menu's top level, are edited by pulling up the context menu for an item in it and choosing one of the options in the "Entire menu" sub-menu.
  2. Point Nautilus at applications:/// and do it in a pretty typical graphical file manager-y way. It'll give you a context menu appropriate for editing menu items and folders while you're there.
So, you got two actual answers, and two pseudo-educated guesses. How's that? :)
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[User Picture]From: suppafly
2002-12-04 10:31 am (UTC)
Not immediately obvious how to set different backgrounds for multiple desktops

You mean there's a window manager where that is immediately obvious? :) I doubt it's doable;


Its easily doable if you don't use gnome.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2002-12-04 11:15 am (UTC)
Thanks! At least I could add some stuff to the menus :)

Metacity strikes me as grossly immature. I think I'll stick to enlightenment for now, and wait for a better GNOME wm, or enlightenment DR17 :P
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[User Picture]From: stargazer
2002-12-04 11:20 am (UTC)
If I understand correctly, Sawfish is GNOME 2-happy ATM, so it might be worth giving that a spin, too, if you're looking for more features than Metacity provides. I think the concern is that the GNOME maintainers and Sawfish folks are getting more out of sync as time goes on, so it might get to a point where it isn't fully GNOME 2 compliant. That's the impression I got from this post, anyway.
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