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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Didn't know about Virtual Desktops"
by hibridmatthias on Thu 13th May 2010 21:26 UTC
hibridmatthias
Member since:
2007-04-11

I find this an interesting discussion.

As I learned computers through the supercomputer at college rather than through a PC then went to UNIX, I always found it funny that windows lacked it. In fact, that was the whole reason I personally adopted Linux, because I missed VDs so much (not venereal diseases)! Even though I wasnt a comp sci major, I still loved being able to flip between them, and felt castrated every time I went to a windows system...

Now the linux desktop really has something unique to it and can lead on rather than playing catch up: Increasing adoption of VDs! Given that most people just want a GUI and don't care about the power the could have, once people can get a solid grasp on and learn to appreciate their usefulness, I think they will get to like them, and this could help....

One step closer to an educated computing populace...ahhhh the dream is still alive....

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helf Member since:
2005-07-06

windows doesnt have it built in, but you can easily bolt it on.

And not everyone needs "virtual desktops". Of limited use to someone that only surfs the web, does email, and IMs ;)

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

not everyone needs "virtual desktops"

I disagree. People don't know they need them. They're like tabbed browsing: until you use it you don't know what you're missing. Maybe tabs aren't right for all situations and all people, but like virtual desktops they're an essential tool everyone should have available.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Actually, Windows XP and later have virtual desktops built-in. Sysinternals has a very nice little tool for using them.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc817881.aspx

Edited 2010-05-14 15:49 UTC

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