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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Comment by senicar
by senicar on Thu 13th May 2010 19:49 UTC
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2008-02-27

I like the idea, but having folders for every virtual desktop just doesn't seem right. The last thing I would want is have 8 (or 32 for that matter) desktop folders.

I think it would be better if the files are separated by their meta-data. You just add workspace=1 to the meta-data and that's it.

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RE: Comment by senicar
by darknexus on Thu 13th May 2010 20:20 in reply to "Comment by senicar"
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2008-07-15

I think it would be better if the files are separated by their meta-data. You just add workspace=1 to the meta-data and that's it.


Nice idea, but wouldn't that require a fully metadata-capable filesystem to do correctly? Otherwise, you'd end up with dot files like those OS X generates and wouldn't that just be wonderful.

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RE[2]: Comment by senicar
by WereCatf on Thu 13th May 2010 20:37 in reply to "RE: Comment by senicar"
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2006-02-15

Nice idea, but wouldn't that require a fully metadata-capable filesystem to do correctly? Otherwise, you'd end up with dot files like those OS X generates and wouldn't that just be wonderful.

Extended attributes allow you to add metadata to files and nowadays almost all filesystems support those. Though, I don't know how efficient they are. And it might be better if the filesystem itself had support for easily searching and browsing metadata information, much like f.ex. BeFS.

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RE[2]: Comment by senicar
by senicar on Thu 13th May 2010 21:11 in reply to "RE: Comment by senicar"
senicar Member since:
2008-02-27

Nice idea, but wouldn't that require a fully metadata-capable filesystem to do correctly? Otherwise, you'd end up with dot files like those OS X generates and wouldn't that just be wonderful.


As far as I know GNOME Activity Journal (formerly GNOME Zeitgeist) will look/search in files metadata, why not use it for this as well. Though I don't know if they use dot files. Let's hope not ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by senicar
by superstoned on Fri 14th May 2010 12:07 in reply to "RE: Comment by senicar"
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2005-07-07

Basically, both the desktop and the apps should know what activity is on. THey should respond by showing the appropriate files, settings, background, etcetera.

This is what activities are supposed to be in KDE (basically this is the vision we laid out 3 years ago) and Nepomuk is being adapted to provide ontologies for it. So Gnome could easily follow that approach and have KDE and Gnome apps integrate in Gnome Shell and Plasma Desktop in the same way.

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