My Ubuntu installation notes long! 3194
In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Jim Richardson wrote on Thu, 17 Aug 2006 19:42:34 -0700
How does one switch a task in a computer anyway? There's one microprocessor and many contenders -- processes. The kernel says "OK, you run now" and that runs for awhile, then someone else runs. If a process is waiting for something (usually, user input), it will not even be selected until input is there.
That's a human-based organization; the window manager doesn't really care. It's nice to have though. :-)
I'll admit to wondering whether Hadron has ever played with twm. :-) Granted, not many would, except as a curiosity; twm is pretty primitive (and not all that pretty) compared to more modern window managers.
There's a few other even more esoteric variants as well.
Personally, I'm not sure how I would attack this problem, in an ideal system. AFAICT, most apps have a standard size, which might be configured with a little work. The webbrowsers attempt to remember their size, which is a little weird.
(Microsoft Windows is no better in that regard.)
My Ubuntu installation notes long! 3195
What resources? Memory? If that's in short supply the "wasteful apps" will get swapped out to disk and you will take a disk hit to reload them just as if you had...
In Gnome, one can also point the cursor at the widget and then use the thumbwheel. Handy for taking inventory, if the small rectangles aren't quite sufficient.
I'll admit to wondering whether flyovers in the windows, identifying the workspace somehow (preferences does allow for workspace naming) would be a value-add or merely a distraction. Flipping on "show workspace names" does indeed show workspace names -- but not the windows therein.
-- Windows Vista. Because it's time to refresh your hardware. Trust us.