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Use virtual desktops in OS X
Authored by: kenichi on Apr 25, '03 12:47:26PM

Hi, I use the un-paid version of CodeTex Virtual Desktop and I
like it pretty much, but I don't think I'll pay to get the extra
working spaces. I just think that it is rather aberant and
scandalous that something so basically and inherently Unix to be
made payable? I use Unix/Linux often and I wonder why is it so
difficult to activate multiple desktops in Mac OS X?

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Why it isn't free
Authored by: hayne on Apr 25, '03 08:54:37PM

1) What you think of as "inherently Unix" is actually a feature of
the X Window system which is used by most other UNIX
systems. But it is nothing particularly to do with UNIX per se.

2) It is, I believe, quite possible to run a virtual desktop
window manager in the X Window environment that you can
install on OS X. But, of course, only X Window applications
would be available in that environment. The usual "Aqua"
applications are not X Window applications - they run inside the
windowing environment provided by Apple. You might think that
Apple ought to provide virtual desktops in the windowing
environment they provide. Maybe they will in some future
release - but I don't think it is a priority at the moment. It's
hardly "scandalous" that Apple has targeted its limited
development resources elsewhere.

3) Given that it is not merely something that needs to be
"activated" - it is a very difficult programming problem to
integrate such a feature into a windowing environment that was
not designed to support it, it becomes very natural to expect
that such a useful added feature is something you might have to
pay for. The programmers have put a lot of time and effort into
this and likely depend at least partly on such payments for their
food and rent.

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Why it isn't free
Authored by: Bruce Miller on Apr 26, '03 01:28:46AM

Testing this app tonight was the same for me as the trials of Default Folder X and Snap Pro X: five minutes of use and the decision to purchase was a no-brainer. All three are rather expensive, but worth every cent for the expanded functionality they add to OSX for me.

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