Sugar window managing UI

Tiago Marques tiagomnm at
Wed Jan 6 13:07:56 EST 2010

The very long time is hard to get rid of, at least on the XO 1. As far
as I can tell, the biggest problem is that ALT-TAB cycles through the
apps by the order they were open and not in the order by which they
were last accessed(which is non standard behaviour nowadays) and which
causes problems especially if you're swapping, as it will frequently
cycle through an unused, disk swapped app.

Best regards,

On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 4:12 PM, Mikus Grinbergs <mikus at> wrote:
>> What I hate about the Sugar window managing UI is:
>> a) _very_ long switching time
>> b) there's no way to switch to a specific window (=activity instance),
>> I need to cycle through all of them with Alt+Tab
> For me, the Alt+Tab switch time on the XO is around one second (or less)
> to the next window.  Becomes burdensome only when there are *many*
> windows to cycle through - and it is rare that I have many open.
> There was a long discussion about this way back when (I don't have a
> cite).  [For each switch, the OLPC developers wanted indication in the
> Neighborhood View of the *other* users as to the window (i.e., Activity)
> in which *this* user now participated.]  The developers suggested, when
> there are many windows open, not using Alt+Tab but instead clicking __in
> the Frame__ on the icon of the specific window to be switched to.
> With the availability nowadays of 'Tabs' in Terminal (and in browsers),
>  I'm switching much more often *within* an application than *between*
> applications.  In Terminal, Ctl+Shift+Horizontal_Arrow switches quickly.
> mikus
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