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I use Kubuntu with the Gnome interface. As to the second question, I have defined 1 physical screen with three seperate workspaces (how can I explain better?), having for instance Firefox running in one virtual screen, system monitor and terminal window in the second screen and Gimp in a third, so I can switch fast.
The problem is, I can only use one virtual monitor (sorry about my terminology), I cant change between the windows.
Okay, so whats the problem with the workspaces? Are you having trouble switching between them?
@tredegar: Yes, I'm well aware of what OP means, though they do tend to be called workspaces, not desktops, and yes, I'm aware changing DEs is possible, and yes I'm aware you can do this with the *buntu distros, I was ensuring that, as a new-user, OP was sure they were using Gnome.