Should 10.5 include Linux features?

If any of you have been paying attention to the Linux crowd lately, you may have noticed a couple of arcane sounding terms like XGL and compiz being passed around frequently. XGL+Compiz is the newest form of eyecandy available for the Linux desktop, and its quite impressive.

OS X has included most of the features Linux is now making available for years. But there are a couple of features making the rounds that I would love to see on my Mac.

The biggest feature I’d like to see is the ability to make any open item on the desktop transparent by pressing <alt> and using the mouse scroll wheel. Admittedly, we’ve got exposé, but how many times have you needed to type something while looking at a different window? Usually the window directly below the one you are using. If you’ve got a 13 inch MacBook screen like me this need for optimized screen real estate becomes even more apparent.

The other feature involves multiple desktops. I use VirtueDesktops to overcome this on OSX, but another cool feature of XGL is the ability to grab any window an pull it to another desktop with the keyboard. Am I the only one who would love to see a slick Apple spin on this idea?

We can only speculate (until the WWDC that is) about the features that will come in 10.5, but these two have just made my wish list.

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