View Full Version : Extremely organized Ubuntu? Is it possible?

H.E. Pennypacker
June 30th, 2006, 05:48 AM
I was wondering if there is a way to organize a desktop in ways that haven't been fully explored yet (or discovered). I am not done thinking of new ways of doing this, and ideas are always appreciated.

The more often I use my laptop, the more efficient I am trying to become. I have this need to be highly organized, and extremely efficient.

If you have ideas that Ubuntu doesn't currently have, share them, even if they are from another operating system or distro. Keep in mind I am not talking about performance..just organization.

For example, I'd like to see something that would stack related icons on the desktop. Suppose there are 5 images, and 5 text documents. They would align in this fashion:


Of course, they would go with whatever group they belong with (images with images, and documents with documents). It doesn't have to be exactly what you see in the above image, it could be something like this:


All I am concerned with is efficiency.

Also, I'd like to see a contex menu that includes everything the panel does as you'd see in XFCE. I know something like this can already be done, but it can't be done in a simple fashion.


Please share your ideas. I'll fine tune the best ideas and see if I can pass them onto developers.

June 30th, 2006, 07:59 AM
two ways to a cleaner, more organized and efficient GUI:

- Using a window manager that actually manages windows instead of just throwing them all over the place and leaving it to the user to sort out the mess.

- Dropping the antiquated desktop metaphor. A desktop interface will always end up as messy and unorganized as the real desktop it (poorly) emulates.

Fortunately wms that implement these ideas already exist, so there's no need for any changes to Ubuntu.

H.E. Pennypacker
June 30th, 2006, 03:59 PM
I insist on using Metacity, and want to make the most of it. That's why I don't want to switch to another Window Manager. One good thing about it is that it very popular, and receives a lot of attention. I am, however, willing ton consider other window managers as long as they are very efficient.