Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2008 21:46 UTC
KDE KDE 4.1, which is supposed to become the KDE4 version usable by 'normal' people, is coming at the end of July. When Ars reviewed the beta release, they were positive in that it was moving forward at an "extraordinary pace". Despite the positive notions in the news, many seem to have problems actually seeing all the new stuff being done in KDE4 - just like how people fail to see the massive amount of work put into Vista. KDE developer Rafael Fernandez Lopez (I'm sorry for the lack of diacritical marks, an OSNews bug we're working on) decided to put together a screencast showing off all the new stuff coming in KDE 4.1.
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RE[6]: Screen estate
by dagw on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 20:59 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Screen estate"
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In this scenario ... it is often easier to just implement an office-wide policy of "no files on the desktop ... all working files are to be stored in the <whatever> area"

That's one solution. Another solution is to look at how your employees work and try to tailor your IT solution to accommodate them. If people like to save stuff on their desktops, why not make sure that their desktop folder is stored on a central server and backed up. It's not like its impossible to implement. Perhaps make a more flexible rule like "you can store personal working copies on your desktop if you want, but make sure project files that everybody needs to access are stored in the correct project directory".

I've been on both sides of the fence on this. And while I know from experience who much easier the IT departments life is if they get to dictate (seemingly) arbitrary rules and force people to follow them, I've also seen how much happier employees are if IT shows some flexibility to fit their infrastructure around who people actually like to work. Most work most people do does not need to be instantly accessed by their co-workers.

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