As far as I've been able to tell through my wanderings in forums, there is no way to turn off the animations though. I suppose Apple should have built in an option to do that, but then their OS just wouldn't have the same... new agey feel to it, y'know?
BTW, if you don't want all them great animations, why are you using OS X?
TinkerTool, available from <a href="http://www.versiontracker.com/moreinfo.fcgi?id=9847">Version Tracker</a>, provides a GUI for changing the minimization effect, as well as other system settings. I agree that Scale is an improvement over Genie. So is the unfortunately named "Suck In."
For Unix with a usable GUI. As nice as GNOME or KDE may be under Linux or CDE on Solaris, they really do suck from a user interface standpoint. Apple's GUI is still the slickest. Unfortunately, Apple has gotten into the habit of dictating what people want. "They want cartoons They want big icons and lots of animation."
If I could some how run the OSX Server Finder in OSX Final I would in a heartbeat, even though the OSX Final one is better from a UI standpoint, but at least it doesn't suck my CPU with attempts to preview every file and zoom windows or zip icons around. As much as I detest Windows2000, it at least lets you turn off all that crap.
Sigh. Aside from the multi-pane finder view, I still think OS9's interface was better.