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newbiesforever 02-25-2013 05:43 PM

XFCE: can i have separate settings on each desktop?
I'm trying (not for the first time) to switch from KDE Trinity to XFCE. Are there separate settings for each desktop (I use three), as there can be in KDE? I like my desktops to have different wallpapers, but in the desktop settings, it doesn't appear possible.

frankbell 02-25-2013 08:13 PM

I don't think it is. I haven't seen it either.

I know that it is possible in E17.

newbiesforever 02-25-2013 10:14 PM

That's too bad...hopefully the designers will implement it. What is E17?

frankbell 02-26-2013 06:32 PM

E17 is the latest release of Enlightenment. Here's an article from The H:

If you are using a distro with repos, it's might be in the repos. I know it's in Mint and Ubuntu. I couldn't find it in the Fedora repos for F18 last I looked. There's also a Slackbuild. It's the default in Bodhi Linux.

I'm using it on Mint right now. It's quite nice, though I've encountered a couple of glitches, but nothing to irritate me enough to stop using it.

It's been around a long long time; this is the first major release in over a decade. It is visually appealing and highly configurable. It uses its own libraries and its own terminology (for example, it has "shelves," not "panels").

newbiesforever 02-26-2013 06:45 PM

I might try it, since I've had it with KDE Trinity.

bloody 02-27-2013 09:04 PM

Switching from KDE to Xfce might leave you with the impression that the new thing appears to be kinda slim. Although i'm perfectly fine with Xfce because it's pretty fast and leaves me alone.

Unfortunately, a separate background image for each workspace is sometning that Xfce does not support yet. And the audio mixer thing is kinda archaic. Other than that, i'm perfectly fine with Xfce.

newbiesforever 02-27-2013 09:20 PM

Why is the audio mixer archaic?

bloody 02-27-2013 09:43 PM

Well i found it inferior e.g. to the Gnome3 "gnome-settings audio" (or what was it called?). The xfce4 mixer on a Xubuntu box had me in trouble with my 2 sound devices (1 on-board and 1 PCI) which got confused, and xfce4-mixer also didn't offer the whole range of controls for both of them. Very long story, also affecting the media keys on the keyboard (volume +/- and mute/unmute) which refused to work as they should, including the correct visual feedback (the volume bar in the popup notification).

Tried to script some stuff but never got it 100% right. I ended up with everything working correctly except for the volume bar in the feedback notification which was always too short or too long. Also had something to do with the ALSA+Pulseaudio combo. With Gnome3, everything worked just smooth right out-of-the-box, and that thing also allowed me to conveniently disable/enable any of the devices completely with the click of a button.

But as long as you only got 1 audio device, the xfce4-mixer isnt really so bad. It's just not very capable if the scenario gets complicated.

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