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Old 05-01-2006, 01:15 AM   #1
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Cannot locate Multiple Desktops.
 
Old 05-01-2006, 01:21 AM   #2
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Where have you looked?

In Red Hat 9 - gnome - there is a panel along the bottom of the screen.
In that panel, there is a grey box-type icon that looks like a window with four panes. Hover your mouse over it, and it tells you it is the "desktop swtiching tool". Right click on it to configure it. Left click on any of the panes to go to that desktop.

If it ain't there - you can right-click on an empty spot on the panel and select "add to panel". One of the options will be the desktop switcher.

If neither of these things work - you havn't installed RH9 correctly.
 
Old 05-02-2006, 01:26 AM   #3
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RE: GNOME User's Guide, I think we're confusing two different configurations. I do not want (virtual) desktop extensions of a single desktop.

I want multiple desktops (actually separate). The User's Guide says that this is controlled from the Window Manager Capplet accessed from GNOME control panel, Sawfish config., but all I find here are virtual desktops.

In Program < Systems I do fnd the Desktop Switcher. The default here is GNOME and my other choices are KDE and TWM. Should I change to one of these for this session only?

Anyway, to repeat, I am looking for materially separate desktops, not virtual extensions.
 
Old 05-02-2006, 02:20 AM   #4
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I want multiple desktops (actually separate). The User's Guide says that this is controlled from the Window Manager Capplet accessed from GNOME control panel, Sawfish config., but all I find here are virtual desktops.
No - the virtual desktops is what the user guide is talking about.

What do you mean by "multiple desktops actually seperate" ... do you mean "dual head"? What do you expect multiple actually seperate desktops to look like?

(The only way to have actually seperate desktops I can think of is to run them in seperate X sessions. The easiest way to do this is to run VNC. Or you can hand-configure the X server to do this - useful for two monitors.)

KDE, GNOME and TWM are desktop environments. probably not what you are thinking of.

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Old 05-03-2006, 11:50 AM   #5
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"multiple desktops actually seperate" This is a direct quote from the GNOME User's Guide in RH9. The guide clearly distinguishes two types of desktop.

I believe that once upon a time I did have "materially separate" desktops but I lost the configuration. It did used a four-windowed square in the panel, but when I clicked on one of the squares I got a new and separate virgin desktop, so that on one desktop I could have all media, another research, another daily use, etc.

Please reference the User's Guide under the Desktop link in the table of contents and get back to me. ]
 
Old 05-03-2006, 02:24 PM   #6
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Please reference the User's Guide under the Desktop link in the table of contents and get back to me.
You honestly can't expect people doing all that for you.
Either post a quote from this guide or explain in your own words(and a lot more detailed than you did so far) what you're trying to achieve.
 
Old 05-03-2006, 06:50 PM   #7
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Jens, your point is noted. I never intended that item to go into the quote box -- my mistake.
Simon, you didn't understand my point. Two posts ago you quoted me as follows: "What do you mean by 'multiple desktops actually seperate'"? I am NOT the author of the phrase "multiple desktops actually separate." This is a direct quote from the GNOME 1.4 User's Guide which was installed on my RH9 OS. And, Jens, my point was that if you don't know what I am referencing, go to the source. I was just giving you the citation in case you wanted to check what I was referring to. I'm sure it's on your OS, no?
I am asking you what the GNOME guide is referencing; it clearly distinguishes two types of desktops: (1) The "desktop area" which are virtual extensions of one desktop, (2) Multiple desktops (actually) separate. You can find this information next to the light bulb icon in the Desktop Areas sub-section from the Chapter 6 "The GNOME Desktop" link.
The article goes on to point out that the Window's Manager capplet controls the desktop function. Sawmill is my current windows manager. It notes that the virtual single desktop is GNOME's default but that multiple desktops are also possible.
The purpose of my post is to find out how I can get the multiple desktops which this user's guide references. Nobody has answered this question.
 
Old 05-03-2006, 10:34 PM   #8
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And, Jens, my point was that if you don't know what I am referencing, go to the source. I was just giving you the citation in case you wanted to check what I was referring to. I'm sure it's on your OS, no?
No. This depends on your distro and WM/Desktop manager.

I still don't understand what you're asking for.
-Installing multiple WM/Desktops ?
-Multi-user logins ?
-How to change your WM/Desktop without logging out?
-Dual head ?
...

Just tell in your own words what you need or post all relevant info from whatever guide you're using.

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Old 05-04-2006, 05:50 AM   #9
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It did used a four-windowed square in the panel, but when I clicked on one of the squares I got a new and separate virgin desktop, so that on one desktop I could have all media, another research, another daily use, etc.
Yes - you can do all that with the virtual desktops: that is their normal behavior. The current version of the gnome user manual calls them "workspaces". Anything you open in one workspace stays there -- unless you have "always on visible workspace" activated.

rt-click on the title bar and see.
 
  


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