Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Aug 2008 23:59 UTC, submitted by AdamW
KDE Here is an interesting discussion of the changes KDE 4.x (via Mandriva Linux 2009 pre-releases) brings to desktop interaction. The article argues that KDE 4 might very well be the next big thing in computing, as it finally tries to steer away from the Xerox desktop metaphor we've all been using since the glory days of disco. While I personally don't really believe KDE 4.x to be revolutionary (I see it more as evolution with pepper in its butt), the article details many of the new things in KDE 4.x, and might make the lives of those first confronted with the new desktop just that little bit easier.
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by el3ktro on Thu 14th Aug 2008 07:12 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
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You can make your firefox download to a specific folder and show that folder on your desktop, while keeping the downloads separate from your quick notes, and your quick launchers, and your music, and your videos, etc.

Safari and Firefox on OS X are doing the same. Files are downloaded to the "Download stack" which sits right in your Dock (if you want).

when you can associate desktop widgets with virtual desktops, so you can constraint all your activities in different virtual desktops.

In OS X you can also associate programs to different desktops (you can't do that with widgets though). I have a Internet desktop (for Safari), a graphics desktop (Photoshop, InDesign etc.), a programming desktop (Coda, Terminal etc.) a music desktop (iTunes), a file managing desktop and a "communications" desktop (Mail, Skype ...)

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