Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th May 2010 18:39 UTC, submitted by hotice
Gnome The problem with just about every virtual desktop implementation is just that - they're virtual. This means that beyond the ability to move windows to specific desktops, you're still looking at exactly the same desktop, no matter what virtual desktop number you switched to. A mockup for GNOME Shell is trying to take the virtual out of virtual desktop.
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by mtzmtulivu on Thu 13th May 2010 19:04 UTC
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[..] why is it so incredibly hard (if not impossible) to set a different wallpaper for each virtual desktop? Why can't I have different files, folder, and mounted disks on each desktop? I'm specifically addressing GNOME here, since that's what the mockup is about - I'm sure KDE4 can do these things already (right?).

right, kde4 has "activities".

Each virtual desktop can be set to have its own completely independent activity or all virtual desktops can be set to use the same activity.

When the desktop is set to have different activities on each desktop, each virtual desktop will have its own wallpaper, its own icons, display contents of its own folder etc.

"traditional desktop" can be achieved in kde4 by setting one activity to show up on all virtual desktops and have the activity set to folder view

"kde4 desktop" can be set by setting each virtual desktop to have its own activity and to have many activities set to "desktop activity".

I cant wait to see who will match and exceed kde4 in what they have done.

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