The Mac OS „dock“ was somehow strange, but still convenient for many purposes. The kind KDE handles its windows is not application-based, and somehow, at the moment, I dont like the fact that … there does not exist a similar dock and a similar possibility to have Main-Menus of Applications on the top of the screen.
WindowMaker is somehow a good Window Manager. But only somehow. The Docks somehow dont really work, and the Menus are really a Pain. Somehow always something is in your way. And as far as I know it is not maintained anymore.
GNOME and KDE do have Docks and both have either possibilities or projects claiming to provite the possibility to have common Main-Menus on top of the screen. Still, these Possibilities are mostly hacks, and even though, do not work very often.
I wonder why simply LD_PRELOADing GTK’s and QT’s menu-instructions isnt convenient in most cases. Mapping Menus to Windows shouldnt be too hard, you can specify the titles of the window, etc.
Anyway. So I decided to try to compile and install Étoilé. Its a pretty young project (but already has a Wikipedia-Entry in the German (!!) Wikipedia). And well, the „stable release“ doesnt really come with much new stuff. Actually just a few apps and the „EtoileMenuServer“. Using the „trunk“-version from SVN, I could compile the most Applications under Debian Sid. Starting was a bit hard. I had to create an entry inside /usr/share/xsessions myself. Still then, I had to start the Dock and Stuff myself. But now, I am currently writing this in Etoile:
I was told in the developer’s chat that the current window-manager and dock-app should be replaced by a new window-manager called „project-manager“. This one doesnt work yet (I tried it on a Xephyr-Session … it draws windows but nothing more – which makes it even more interesting to look at the code to me). But it should replace the old one.
Well, I am interested in it, and will stay subscribed to their news. But I dont think that I will use etoile as default Desktop-Manager. Bug-Testing is not needed yet because the current Dock and Window-Manager will be removed, and so far it is not yet ready-to-work. But I look forward to their development.