Linked by suka on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:19 UTC
KDE "After years of focusing on further improving KDE4 two weeks ago the developers of the free desktop announced the next big step for their project: KDE Frameworks 5.0. But as long-time developer - and Plasma team leader - Aaron Seigo points out in an interview with, the source-incompatible changes shall be held to a minimum. Also calls Frameworks 5.0 only the "first step", new Applications and Workspace releases are to follow later, Seigo goes on to talk about the chances in the mobile market with Plasma Active and further areas of collaboration with the other big free desktop: GNOME."
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Compared to using KDE3, KDE4 is a very different experience that really takes on a different mindset of working if you want to really get the use out of it. But, as of 4.5 or 4.6, if you really just want something like KDE3, then just turn off the indexing, set your desktop workspace to the Desktop folder, and you're good to go - virtual desktops and all.

One caveat ... in KDE4, everything on the desktop (panels, icons, little applets, menus, links folder views, the taskbar, even the wallpaper) ... everything is a "widget".

The default behaviour of virtual desktops is that all virtual desktops shown the same configuration of widgets. So, if you want to have different wallpaper on different desktops, as you could have with KDE3, then in KDE4 you need to set one setting to its non-default state.

Right click on the desktop pager icon, then select "Pager Settings". Click on the "Virtual desktops" tab. Check the box "Different widgets for each desktop".

This non-default setting will allow you to have different wallpaper on different Virtual Desktops. In fact, if you like "icons on the desktop", you can set the desktop layout to folder view, and you can also now make each desktop folder view use a different folder. This way you can have a completely different set of icons, shortcuts, links and files on each virtual desktop.

This is a very simple way to start getting into the power of KDE4 "activities" without changing much at all of the way you have used desktops until now.

Edited 2011-08-26 15:03 UTC

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