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Old 01-02-2010, 04:38 PM   #1
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Debian Lenny Gnome Desktop Differentiation Capability

As stated in the tile, I am running Gnome on top of Debian Lenny. I have configured Gnome to provide me with several desktops, which I use for specific functions (one for music, one for wordprocessing, one for graphics, etc . . .).

Is there a way to:

a) change the backgrounds of the different desktops independently of each other? This will make it much easier to tell at a glance which desktop is currently visible. If Gnome is configured for 6 Desktops, the I would like to use 6 different desktop wallpapers, a different one for each desktop.

b) assign icons to only one desktop, or a specific subset of desktops? This will further specialize the environment for a given purpose. In this instance, I would put my shortcut Icons for a specific group of programs on only those desktops that they are applicable to.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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You probably can't do this with gnome. Actually, a) may be possible but I seriously doubt if you could achieve b). Try firing up gconf-editor and having a look around.

The philosophy of Gnome tends to be more in providing "sensible" defaults, with only limited scope for customization.

Old 01-04-2010, 02:41 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input. I will search around and locate the gconf-editor, and from there see what I can do. By the way, where is this configuration control normally located?

I will admit that putting Icons on only those desktops for which they are applicable would be nice, but it is by no means essential.


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