Quick on the heels of our previous post on this matter, and Iain’s explanation of how it can be done in an external process and spawned on a keypress, malept points out Skippy, a program to do just that. However, it appears to be unmaintained. Does anyone fancy picking up the reins? Possibly there should be some Metacity-specific tweaks, like being able to un-Skippy by pressing the same key you used to launch it.
I think the existence of Skippy is good enough reason to close the bug. If anyone wants an Exposé-like effect, they should be able to install Skippy and tell Metacity about it without much effort. Perhaps some distros might even ship them together. If we had an FAQ, this should go in the FAQ. Maybe I’ll write an FAQ.
(Yes, the same principle can in theory be used to get the rotating cube effect. No, I don’t want to write it. But since it can be an external program, there’s absolutely nothing stopping someone else writing it and then I’ll post about it here!)
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