On "ubuntu 9.04" [really, and to be absolutely precise, it's eeebuntu 3.0
, on my Asus eee701, but it's a derivative of 9.04 with a customised kernel for the eee] with the default gnome desktop, I have 2 desktops that I can rapidly switch between by scrolling the mouse-wheel over a bit of my (visible) desktop. Or even dragging a window off the edge of the screen to drop it on the other desktop.
This works very
well on my eee's tiny 7" screen: One full-screen application on one desktop, another on the other. My eyes are too tired to read tiny, tiny text.
I just tried it with Oo writer: It works exactly
as I think the OP is requesting. Neat
Just where all this is set up in gnome, I have no idea. Because I have a fairly stripped-down install to fit my eee's 4GB SSD, maybe I am missing some configuration utilities.
I do realise gnome has this "just use it, you don't need to customise it" mentality, but I am used to KDE's "customise everything, if you'd like to" flexibility.
I'd like to add another 2 desktops, for a total of four but don't know how to. All this was straightforward with KDE3.5.x which sadly looks doomed now KDE4 eye-candy is apparently "the way to go". (Dammit!).
I am just "playing" with gnome as I'm really a KDE3.5.x person, but I really dislike
KDE4.3.x, so I am having to look for alternatives.