Some Linux desktop managers (Gnome and KDE, IIRC) have this annoying property:
- Go to workspace 2.
- Launch a slow, bloaty program that takes a long time to come up
- Go back to workspace 1.
- Do some other work.
- Slow, bloaty program elbows its way into workspace 1 instead of 2.
The inferior Comcast version of TiVo, once a program has completed recording, will throw up the equivalent of a system modal dialog the size of a mattress informing you that recording is complete (and blocking whatever you’re trying to watch). But that’s one defect among many, many for this hateful piece of software.
Groove is also annoying; unless you select “suppress alerts”, the task tray icon interprets any mouse move within 200 pixels (ok, exaggerated) as a request to list every workspace that has updated files.
That leads to another problem where programs have no settings other than “don’t tell me about anything, even fatal errors”, and “level 7 OMG STFU all possible debug messages”. I’m looking at you, InstallShield. And Ant, to a lesser degree.