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at work i have kmail, konsole, vmware, and firefox open in one desktop, they are all used in my work hours right. in another desktop i have xmms (sometimes) and other fun stuffs, yet in another desktop i have netbeans, squirrelClient and other development tools opened. you see i remain organized that way. the whole purpose of the desktops is just that you can have only one (if you don't need more) or you can have as more as 16. have fun!
Once you're used to them, it becomes almost impossible to get by without them.. I have to say, tho, I don't like the way KDE implements them all that much.
Couldn't agree more with that first bit. When I have to use Windows and need multiple windows open, I get a bit annoyed at the lack of multiple desktops!
What don't you like about KDE's multiple desktops? I'm just wondering. The only thing that gets to me about KDE's multiple desktops is not being able to drag a window from one desktop to another (in the pager), like you can in Xfce (and possibly GNOME, but I haven't used that for ages now).
I agree with becoming dependent on them.
Desktop 1 = Web browsing/Chat
Desktop 2 = File management (when not doing it from the shell)/Email client
Desktop 3 = Security, ie Snort in a shell and firestarter
Desktop 4 = Downloading - azureus/limewire/borwser to grab torrents from
I use yakuake for a terminal which can scroll down on any desktop, otherwise i'd have one for shell interaction too.
By keeping them split into tasks it makes me more productive, and i can scroll the mousewheel on the desktop to switch them
Well. . . it's mostly when you have "batches" of windows you want to keep together.
For instance, if you have several IM windows open, and you're editing a few images in the Gimp, and you've got Firefox open since you're online anyway. . .
If all the Gimp windows are on screen 1 and all the IMs are on 2 and firefox is on 3, it's really easy to switch from task to task. If you only have one screen, you've got a whole lot of windows to Alt-Tab around between.
What don't you like about KDE's multiple desktops?
Set in my ways, I expect
I use FVWM2 as my main desktop, and that's set up so Ctrl-Alt-Arrow moves you between screens, and Ctrl-Alt-Shift-Arrow scwitches screens & takes the active window with you. That was how I set up the shortcuts just by experimenting & playing around with what was right for me.
By pure chance, Gnome uses the exact same shortcuts for the exact same things, whilst KDE. . . well, to be honest, I still don't know how to move a window between screens on KDE. I also don't like the way KDE's taskbar shows all open windows, instead of just the windows in the current desktop.
I daresay you can set KDE up so it works exactly the way I want it to, but I don't really like KDE that much anyway, so I've never bothered to try and find out..