Re: X flame war
(Flame war, Anders? Bah! This is just a polite, technical debate! :-P)
On Sun, Oct 12, 2003 at 04:00:42PM +0200, Anders Ellenshøj Andersen wrote:
| On Sunday 12 October 2003 15:56, Hendrik Sattler wrote:
| > AFAIK, it does more than that. The windows manager also manages window
| > placing and switching (e.g. with mouse and alt-tab). So it should not be a
| > gui toolkit but rather using one.
| Yes it does those things too, but why seperate those bits out from the
| server? I don't get it.
You want to separate those things from the X server because X doesn't
dictate policy, it only provides a mechanism.
Doing things this way allows quirky window managers like ion, pwm,
larswm and ratpoison to provide unusual window management policies such
as fixed window frames, tabbed windows, tiled windows and completely
keyboard-operated window management. Now for a lot of people, these
'alternative' WMs are entirely useless, confusing and/or unintuitive.
However, since X /doesn't/ handle window placement or handling, such
things are possible - and people who desire unusual window managers
are free to use them without needing to patch their X server.