Personally, I decide what I like to use on subjective grounds. I'm not about to use something I don't like only because it saves a few seconds each day. Or vice versa.
Again, though, a dock is a place to put icons. I still fail to see any real difference between a dock, a panel, a desktop, or any other place where we put icons, other than personal preference.
I've found all docs to be very slow to load at startup, even minimal Plank.
I find docks very practical compared to old style taskbars and load's of icons on the desktop.
While yes window switching in unity is a lot harder then it should be I still like having a clean desktop, same thing with KDE with the help of icon only taskmanager,
My setup saves me a lot of irritation and annoyance waiting on the computer to do incosequential things. I really like it because of that. That's the "reward".
Where did I suggest that you shouldn't run what you want to run?Personally, I decide what I like to use on subjective grounds. I'm not about to use something I don't like only because it saves a few seconds each day. Or vice versa.
I just want my computer to work so I can get things done. DE's/bells and whistles don't matter to me.
I dropped KDE for awesome when I realized two things:
- that I had launchers for applications on my dock, panel, menu, and desktop. Yet 9 times out of 10 I launched programs by typing their names into krunner, because I'm a verbal thinker, and it was more trouble to remember which blob of pixels went with which program.
- that it took as much as four or five seconds to put a terminal window on the screen on my (at the time) modern and well-equipped machine, just because the windows were composited and the drawing was animated. Same hardware, without the eyecandy -- instant. I launch lots of terminals in my workflow.
It was hard to let go of the eyecandy, I'll admit it; but I love what I have now even more.
something that might help with the boredom, is to use xfce, configure 'panels' to be totally transparent so only icons show, make them different width and height, put at various edges of the screen, maybe even have them auto-hide.
I used to be a big fan of docks, but now I find them gratuitous.
I may try openbox one of these days, but I like the little compositing touches of XFCE. What I find interesting about this conversation is the hint of a backlash against the increasingly stylized and mannered DEs of Windows, Gnome, KDE, and to a lesser extent Apple and Ubuntu. I'm wondering if we will begin to see a more general backlash with a return to a more flexible and simpler interface. I must admit, Unity isn't bad that way, but Unity does force a certain work flow on users -- whereas DEs like XFCE, openbox and fluxbox leave it to the user.
Linux: You reap what you tweak.