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 PRaabjerg on Thu 13th May 2010 23:22 UTC
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Interesting. I recall this being slightly confusing in Gnome, but haven't had that problem for a long time.

I have a slightly different approach to it. I'm using StumpWM, set up with my own nice set of keyboard controls.
The first thing to note here is that StumpWM doesn't have a desktop as such. No icons, no menubar, no taskbar, nothing. No space wasted on WM-fluff. This being a tiling WM, I always use the entire screen for something. Very often two tiles split down the middle.

StumpWM has a grouping concept that works much like workspaces or virtual desktops. When I start StumpWM, I just have one group. Then I have key controls to quickly create, switch between, and destroy groups of tiles/windows. Switching is not really confusing anymore because there are no fixed things on the screen, like icons, taskbar and such. So a switch always changes the entire screen, making it quite clear that I am now on a different group.

As a side note, changing to, and getting used to a keyboard controlled tiling WM was quite the revelation to me. It has allowed me to almost completely get the window manager out of my way, allowing me to get work done instead of constantly fiddling around with floating windows and other weird, useless features ;)

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