"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Mac OS X Virts

Been looking for this for ages: virtual desktops for OS X.

Or I should say, decent virts for OS X.

Also: free.

Application seems happily configurable, hasn't crashed or caused my machine to start spurting blood in my face like some sort of horrible Hell clam.

This is always a plus.

The only major problem concerns more how OS X deals with applications than the virt manager itself, and really, it only has to do with applications that allow hotkeying to windows (eg, Terminal.app). You're going to be sharing hotkey space throughout all the virts.

Not a huge issue, mind you, but total segmentation of desktops is nice.

I haven't tested to see how well it works with X11, as I don't use X11 for anything since Terminal stopped sucking boatloads of poor refugees into its gaping maw of doom.

Doom.

update: rjbs is complaining about many crashes. Haven't happened here. I have noticed that it doesn't work so well with hidden applications, though. If you hide an app in one virt, it tends to show up in another.

I suppose I don't just want virtual workspaces, but actual desktops. I expect that requires purchasing something or other.

February 11, 2004 11:04 AM