[As-users] =((((

Alan Grimes (agrimes@speakeasy.net)
Thu, 26 Mar 2009 10:59:03 -0400


I'm sorry but I'm so outraged by how awful this software is I am
absolutely compelled to join this mailing list to explain why this is
one of the worst window managers I've ever attempted to use.

I spent most of my life in a custom shell on Windows 3.11 (Dashboard
from Starfish Software).

Then I moved more or less directly to FVWM on linux which I used for
years on end... Then its "bit-rot" became overwhelming so I switched to
KDE3, which was pretty good.

KDE4.2 was utterly unusable so I went searching for a WM again. (KDE4 is
the worst downgrade in the history of open source!)

I used Enlightenment for about a month. It was half-way decent but then
I noticed that it was eating half of my CPU power, which is outrageous!!!

So I loaded afterstep. (I had a brief encounter with gnustep back around
2003 which was generally positive.)

In attempting to use afterstep I've had some of the most frustrating
experiences I've ever had attempting to use a GUI, it's almost half as
awful as vi which is the benchmark as the world's least usable program.

It seems to follow completely arbitrary rules, some windows I can make
overlap, others I can't. The desktop manager is completely broken
because the window I want to move moves in a different direction than
the mouse. I have an instance of "Okular" that simply cannot be moved,
the system beeps when I try to move it. (My desktop has a CRT and a
flatpannel, dissimilar resolutions on a nvidia driver, it's a version
out of date because nvidia doesn't support my card anymore!!!). I have
TWM on this monitor because it is more or less usable, while afterstep,
on my other monitor, is not.

Sometimes I'll have a deeply burried window but no matter how many times
I click on it, I cannot get it to raise to the top.

When I try to pop a terminal which I do hundreds of times an hour, it
will flash for an instant and then disappear, I have to then go hunting
for it, which is insane!!!

Because I can't find a usable window manager, I probably won't be able
to use linux for much longer. The last time I installed an OS on this
machine was in 2004...


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