If anyone thinks the Vista Flip3D is a useful addition to window swapping they should have a look at the various 3d methods of window swapping available under Linux's Compiz Fusion or Beryl window managers. They provide more attractive and, more importantly, useful 3d functions for manipulating windows.
I've run Vista and Fedora 7 in virtual machines to see what they looked like. I couldn't get Aero or Beryl to work; I suspect it's the nature of the vm video driver. I also haven't had the chance to see either GUI working on another machine; just screenshots, advertising content, etc. However, this won't keep me from asking an ignorant question. "They provide more attractive and, more importantly, useful 3d functions for manipulating windows." What useful 3D functions would those be? I haven't seen any 3D functions in a GUI that were more than eye candy, and my lack of experience with 3D is preventing me from visualizing any truly useful OS GUI application. Thanks for any details you can provide.
The Flip3D crap in Vista is impossible to use because the tilted windows are hard to see. A) (like Vista) It "tiles" the open windows in real time B) It give you a flip option that give you more of a Mac toolbar look rather than a rolodex feel...does that make sense? (see this image and compare it to the image after to see what I'm talking about) Compiz: http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/3227/ctrltabpreview21lk.jpg Vista: http://cyber-knowledge.net/blog/images/thumbs/pics/alt_tab.jpg C) The "Cube" flip that give you the ability to just switch from desktop to desktop on the cube. I agree it's all just eye candy and eating cycles though...
Depending on what I am doing I find the Cube good, particularly in the ability to "unfold" it and move windows around its various faces.