On Sat, 2 May 2015 11:16:24 +0100
Ian Malone <ibmalone(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 1 May 2015 at 15:58, Marko Vojinovic <vvmarko(a)gmail.com>
> I tend to have exclusively one konsole and one firefox window
> opened at a time (on their respective desktops), and extensively
> use multiple tabs. This avoids over-cluttering the desktops (in my
> case, remaining six desktops can then be used for various other
> apps, one per desktop), and I always know where to look for various
> stuff... ;-) Btw, given the multiple tabs functionality, I always
> fail to see the reason for having multiple window instances of the
> same app (like firefox or konsole).
Well, since you said you were interested, any circumstance where you
need to see information from two pages/tabs at once. Or if researching
something you may have a window open with multiple tabs open for that,
with another window that you're working in. I'll typically start a
task and if it gets big send it to its own desktop, which may be a few
konsole windows and any other programs that are relevant (browser,
spreadsheet etc.). In the case of browsers, some sites or applications
will use their own sub-windows, e.g. I listen to BBC iplayer radio,
this really wants its own window sized to their interface, and it's
easier to let it do that rather than open in a tab (so it can be
minimised without cluttering up tabs I actually want to look at).
I see. I usually consider firefox as a mostly-read-only app, so I never
came across a usecase where I would want two web pages displayed
simultaneously on the same screen. But I do understand this point in
the case of konsole --- typing in one window while reading a man page
in another is probably a sensible scenario.
Btw, I also listen to streaming radio (not BBC though), but for me it
is more convenient to open it in a tab. I guess it depends on how the
web page of the player is made... ;-)
Thanks to everyone for the info!