10 December 2007
Exposé and ion
I’m a fan of Ion, a window manager for X. Arguably one of the few window managers that actually manages windows. I think we spend way too much time at our computers moving, resizing, and switching between windows. Ion helps with that. It’s biggest problem is that too many applications make assumptions that can be at odds with Ion. There’s also a case to be made that, for some applications, the traditional method works better than Ion’s. An Ion user, however, can use Xnest to have the best of both worlds. Exposé kind of reminds me of Ion. It allows me to temporarily switch into an Ionesque paradigm for a moment. In fact, since it shows live windows–just scaled down—I’ve found myself remaining in Exposé when I’m waiting for multiple tasks to be completed.