Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Sometimes the number of choices the Linux operating system provides can be overwhelming. I am starting to look at other options for my preferred desktop environment as GNOME 3 and KDE 4 go in directions that might be unsettling to my computing routine. One obscure yet interesting replacement candidate is Bluetile.
For the last six months or so, I have been supplementing the desktop navigation maze with a docking app. After trying several, I settled into the Avant Window Navigator, or AWN. This approach has worked reasonably well for me. Whether I boot into Gnome 2, or the prerelease version of the GNOME 3 shell, or play around in my used-to-be favorite KDE desktop, a docking app lets me have a common anchoring point that always works the same.
Bluetile so far has been working well with my docking app. This combination provides me with the best of both approaches to getting my work done.