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Open Letter: The issues with client-side-window-decorations

May 14, 2010, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Gräßlin)

"Hi Cody,

"as you wanted to have a mail with all my concerns about client-side-window-decorations (CSD), here is a very long mail presenting all my concerns what will not be possible any more with CSD and why I think that these particular features will be impossible. The list is based on KWin's current feature set.

"Please see this mail as an offer to help. I could also just say "what do I care? We won't support it in KDE, so let them destroy their desktop if they want." But I do care. I do not want to blame your work, but I fear that you just don't see the disadvantages and that CSD will be pushed onto the users without considering all pros and cons. That's why I decided to CC the Ayatana mailinglist and publish this letter as an open letter on my blog. CSD is a topic that is important for every user and nothing we should discuss in a small group.

"As you probably have noticed I oppose the introduction of CSD. I think they will have more disadvantages than benefits to the user. In fact I do not see any pro argument for CSD. All the pros I found during hours of research on some wiki pages, GNOME Shell design documents, blog posts, etc. do not give one valid reason. In fact most of the pro arguments are already present in KWin. I will refer to the arguments for CSD again at the end of my mail. If there are any other pro arguments not recorded on the Wiki page, please publish them."

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