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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RE[2]: Comment by mtzmtulivu
by mtzmtulivu on Thu 13th May 2010 19:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by mtzmtulivu"
mtzmtulivu
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2006-11-14

activities are a central part of kde4 desktop and an understanding of how they work is critical if you want to fully use kde4.

Activities have an all or nothing approach. You can set your desktop to only have one activity in all virtual desktop and all your virtual desktop will be identical(because they will all look at the same activity) or you can set your desktop to have different activity for each desktop and all virtual desktops will be completely independent of one another and they wont be able share a wallpaper or icons or anything on the desktop.

kde4 currently ship with two activities,folder view and desktop.

Folder view activity gives the "traditional desktop", the kind of desktop you see in kde3 or windows. It is basically gives a dumb virtual desktop that shows the contents of ~/Desktop folder

Edited 2010-05-13 19:49 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by mtzmtulivu
by tyrione on Thu 13th May 2010 21:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by mtzmtulivu"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

activities are a central part of kde4 desktop and an understanding of how they work is critical if you want to fully use kde4.

Activities have an all or nothing approach. You can set your desktop to only have one activity in all virtual desktop and all your virtual desktop will be identical(because they will all look at the same activity) or you can set your desktop to have different activity for each desktop and all virtual desktops will be completely independent of one another and they wont be able share a wallpaper or icons or anything on the desktop.

kde4 currently ship with two activities,folder view and desktop.

Folder view activity gives the "traditional desktop", the kind of desktop you see in kde3 or windows. It is basically gives a dumb virtual desktop that shows the contents of ~/Desktop folder


Great, but each virtual desktop isn't independent. I can't set VD1 to be a Folder, VD2 to be a default Desktop, so on and so forth.

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RE[4]: Comment by mtzmtulivu
by phoenix on Thu 13th May 2010 21:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by mtzmtulivu"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Great, but each virtual desktop isn't independent. I can't set VD1 to be a Folder, VD2 to be a default Desktop, so on and so forth.


VD1: Put one folder view widget on the desktop, stretch it to fit the whole screen, point it at ~/Desktop. Done.

VD2: Put a bunch of folder view widgets onscreen, pointing at different folders. Done.

VD3: Put a bunch of widgets onscreen. Done.

How is that hard?

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RE[4]: Comment by mtzmtulivu
by ssokolow on Thu 13th May 2010 21:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by mtzmtulivu"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

You can as long as you're in a recent KDE 4 release. (4.2 or higher, if I remember correctly)

In 4.2, you have to manually edit a config file because the UI wasn't ready by the string freeze, but in 4.3 and above, there's a "Different activity for each desktop" checkbox under SystemSettings --> Desktop --> Multiple Desktops.

For that matter, you can also use a separate activity for the MacOS-style dashboard via the dropdown box in SystemSettings --> Desktop --> Workspace.

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RE[3]: Comment by mtzmtulivu
by Morty on Thu 13th May 2010 22:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by mtzmtulivu"
Morty Member since:
2005-07-06

Folder view activity gives the "traditional desktop", the kind of desktop you see in kde3 or windows. It is basically gives a dumb virtual desktop that shows the contents of ~/Desktop folder

And of course it's KDE so you do not need it to be simply a dumb desktop. As the folder view have access to and can use all the regular kio-slaves. You can have a virtual desktop showing remote files, with ftp:// or one of the other remote slaves. Or perhaps one containing files based on a metadata search with neopomuk://.

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