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System: Host: Dell7010 Kernel: 4.15.0-1-amd64 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 6.3.0 Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 tk: Gtk 2.24.31 Distro: MX-17.1_x64 Horizon March 14, 2018
I use Workspace Switcher to keep my "projects" separate. MX and Peppermint both disrupt that separation, although in different ways.
Suppose Firefox is my default browser and I have Firefox open in Workspace 1 and another app with hyperlinks (e.g., Thunderbird) open in WS 2. Also suppose that Firefox is not open in WS 2.
In MX if I click on a hyperlink while in WS 2 then the Firefox icon in Window Buttons of WS 1 moves to WS 2 and a new tab with the link opens in Firefox. The result is that I might have 10 tabs from one project moved to an unrelated WS and mixed with a new tab from another project.
By contrast, in Peppermint if I do the same hyperlink click in WS 2 then I am switched to WS 1 where Firefox is and a new tab with the link opens in Firefox. Again the projects are mixed and I am in a different WS.
The behaviors are not the same and not what I would expect/desire. I would like to remain in the same workspace as my hyperlink, and open a new Firefox window in that WS leaving the other WS intact. The easy solution is for me to first open a Firefox window in the current WS before clicking on the hyperlink, but that is two extra clicks. (I know, how lazy or forgetful can you be?) It would be nice if this hiccup were addressed, but it may be too trivial for the MX programmers to "fix".
Unrelated observation: I really like the Margins setting of Workspace Switcher (in Properties) that controls the maximum window size. On my wide screen I like to keep my vertical panel unhidden and I don't want any windows overlapping the panel. So I set the left margin to 1 or 2 pixels more than the panel width. The ease of setting up panel(s) and this Margins setting are a big reason why I prefer Xfce to Mate.