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Akira Ubuntu
by martineriksen on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 01:09 UTC
martineriksen
Member since:
2007-04-12

Running Ubuntu 10.10 on a IBM Thinkpad T43p, with the following desktop:
- Gnome
- 6 virtual desktops
- deskbar for easy access of programs, hence no icon clutter http://projects.gnome.org/deskbar-applet
- guake for an easy access shell, as a supplement for a gnome terminal http://guake.org/
- gnome global-menu to give mac style menus, thereby giving me some extra vertical space http://code.google.com/p/gnome2-globalmenu/

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/7897/screenshotwux.png

Edit - added the text below

As some might notice, I do not have any applets on the desktop. As I have many windows open while I work, I see no reason as to why I should have something on the desktop I will never see.

Edited 2011-01-03 01:14 UTC

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RE: Akira Ubuntu
by Icaria on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 03:23 in reply to "Akira Ubuntu"
Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

I get around the 'I can't see the crap on my desktop' issue by using wmctrl scripts to toggle the above hint on my conky and xpad windows. You can also just add a 'Show Desktop' applet to your panel.

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RE[2]: Akira Ubuntu
by martineriksen on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 05:07 in reply to "RE: Akira Ubuntu"
martineriksen Member since:
2007-04-12

Thank you for the hint, but I have always found that not putting things on the desktop is the way to go. I have shortcuts in the Places menu for the most important. Editors typically have directory or project viewers embedded within.

Regarding viewing various system monitor data applets, like Conky. I do not feel the need to relentlessly monitor my system all the time. If I feel the system performance degrade, I will monitor my system. This is done with a combination of using the Hardware Monitor applet in the panel and top in a shell. Since I have been using the same computer for +4 years, I have a pretty good feel for when something is not performing correctly.

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