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22 March 2005 @ 06:14 pm
I forgot to mention...  
...that thus far, I am as pleased with the OS X interface as I thought I would be. The Dock is teh w00t. It has the functionality of XFce4's interface that I liked (a launcher panel with icons for launching apps and an iconbox for storing minimized windows), but it combines them in a very spiffy and elegant manner. An application's icon acts as a launcher if the app isn't currently open. If the app is open, the icon lets you access it or, if available, use a popup menu to perform certain functions without having to show it first. The Dock was pretty large at first, but I fixed that easily in the prefs. It can be smoothly resized using a slider, which beats XFce4's choice of several different sizes (which is OK, I guess, but annoying if the ideal size is between two selections).

Hooray for the terminal. Hooray for being able to make it perty and translucent. I just have to remember how to customize my bash prompt and I'll be a very happy camper.

Expose is fun. Mouse to corner! See windows fly! Pick one! Do it again for no apparent reason! OMFG WEEEEEE
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Kirby's Adventure tunes stuck in my head
Æther SPOON!aetherspoon on March 22nd, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
I wish I could make my Win2k/XP command line translucent....
The Heavy Metal Matador: southparkrydain on March 22nd, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
Under Linux, I used Eterm specifically because it offered tinting and transparency. It's not quite as sophisticated as OS X's terminal, though. OS X can handle genuine transparency (showing what's actually sitting underneath the window), whereas in XFree86, it had to be faked by copying the contents of the root window into the terminal. Thus, the term looked transparent over the desktop, but over an application window, it seemed kind of silly with its random copy of a segment of wallpaper. Of course, I still preferred that to a plain background.

I don't use the command line much on my XP machine at work, but I do have at least one PuTTY window open at all times. It would be spiffy to make those translucent.

Considering how sophisticated Avalon is supposed to be, hopefully it will have some nice transparency capabilities and you'll get your perty command line when Longhorn arrives. ^_^
(Anonymous) on March 29th, 2005 11:51 am (UTC)
Using various hacks, you can make WinXP/Win2K windows transparent too. Just Google it. But it's a lot laggier than OS X because of the incompetent window manager.