Esfera: A fascinating UI concept for window management in Ubuntu
Mar 29, 2010, 07:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)
"On the Ayatana mailing list recently a new concept bubbled to
the top that has some serious potential to bring to the desktop a
world of new possibilities. This concept, dubbed Esfera, came about
when the default Ubuntu 10.4 theme moved the window buttons from
the right to the left side. This move obviously freed up all that
space on the right side - a side users were accustomed to using.
Seeing this as an opportunity for growth, mailing user Pablo took
it and ran with it. What he has proposed really struck me as
something Linux CAN do and SHOULD do. It will be another revolution
in the desktop thanks to the Linux community.
"But what is Esfera?
"Imagine you have a new control on your desktop windows. This
control accepts gestures that can do various tasks. One of those
tasks would be to flip the window over giving you a new space to
use. This space could be used for:"