No one should ever have to "save" a file. This requires a few things:
- Unlimited undo and redo
- Files should only be named with UUIDs
- Files should be easily searchable using metadata
We can't just use unix inodes instead of UUIDs for two reasons: they don't work across multiple filesystems and they can't handle being removed and restored. I don't think there is a stable implementation of the metadata interface yet, though Gnome Storage looks promising.
Finally, applications will need to support transparent persistence. We can't just use generic checkpointing because it would be so wasteful. (For example, a web browser keeps a lot of stuff in memory, but it really only needs to persist a scrollbar location, a url (and maybe a cached copy of the url, which it'll need apart from the checkpointed image anyway).) Window managers would also have to be better at managing and persisting window arrangements.
Besides window sizes and locations, we'd like to manage tilesets; we'd like them to remember the fact that we're working with two documents side-by-side. Tzorech iyun, sometimes tilesets just indicate the desire to work on two different things at the same time.