In GNOME bug 502491 someone is asking for an effect like Exposé on OS X. Iain, who wrote the compositor and ought to know, believes it would be better done as a separate program. There was an attempt to do this a while back, called Expocity, but nothing much came of it. Does this mean the bug is INVALID? Should the external program exist? Anyone fancy doing it?
Includes the memorable exchange:
“Every time I propose an enhancement, you say ‘go for it’. What are you doing?”
“I’m cooking my dinner. What are you doing?”
If it was a separate program, it could be activated by a mouse button or a keybinding in the same way that, say, Print Screen is currently activated. The program could move windows about using the EWMH, but I don’t see how an external utility could tell the compositor to scale the contents of windows down and back again. Iain, can you throw me a clue? Update: Thanks.
Someone said yesterday in the discussion on animated previews in the alt-tab switcher that an Exposé-like effect would be good for everything that animated previews would, and more.
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