Apple sued GEM (a popular window manager) for making its windows to overlap which Apple itself copied from Xerox Alto. GEM had to downgrade to tiling window manager resulting in their fall : programming


GEM did not fail because of lack of overlapping windows, but because it lacked a developer ecosystem and marketing power.

As for overlapping vs tiling, anyone who has used a tiling window manager won’t want to go back to spending days moving windows around (I used the Cedar system back in the late 80’s).

Witness modern professional software (such as CAD, programming tools… ) and even browsers: almost all manage to organize the various tools and gizmos around the main work area rather than in a multitude of overlapping windows.



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