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Old 01-25-2003, 05:04 AM   #1
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4 desktops??

hi all
i have actually 2 questions :

1. why do we have 4 desktops by default in linux? u see the 4 sqaures in the Taskbar ... what is the use of it? am talking about KDE3 .. cuase on enlightenment i saw one guy that could flip throw the 4 desktops and each one has its own background ..

it is only the case of having different backgrounds or there are something else?

2. am looking for an ssh client for linux .. i want to log in to my server .. is not working for me i don't know why .. could i have a site that has the ssh client and the ssh file transer client as well?
Old 01-25-2003, 05:35 AM   #2
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Having 4 desktops gives you more space to work in if you are running more than one application(read window) at a time.As the windows fill the screen you can open another window in the 2nd desktop.If you need one window to be open in all the desktops at the same time, you can click the little thumbtack in the title bar and it makes it sticky,ie.,visible on all the desktops you're using.
As for Q2,you should have ssh on your Linux disks if not already installed.What version of Linux are you using?
Old 01-25-2003, 05:42 AM   #3
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am running redhat 8.0 .. does it have a graphical interface ssh client?
am behind a firewall and i need to know the way to configure the ssh to make it work .. and what about the ssh file transfer one?

regarding the desktops .. ok i got the idea of opening more programs at the same time .. but do they all have the same common TaskBAr? cuase as i've tried .. the task bar has the all programs openeds ..
Old 01-25-2003, 10:15 AM   #4
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They have a common task bar. The extra desktops allow you a flexibility that will take a little getting used to and then you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Four is merely the default--you can have more or less if you want.

Next you can encounter the other consoles and really get spoiled! Crtl-Alt-F1 through F6 will take you to a new CLI (command line interface--a shell prompt) console; there are times when I have all four desktops running, along with things going on in several of the consoles. I'll be on the first console (Crtl-Alt-F1) as root; the second one (... F2) as my troubleshooting username; and the third as my regular username. During all of this I will be switching back and forth between the consoles and desktops (BTW, to return to the GUI desktop from one of the consoles, Alt-F7 or Crtl-Alt-F7 will take you there.

Play with them--get used to them--and you'll never want to do without them!
Old 01-25-2003, 10:39 AM   #5
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hi deadbug
i used to have a non GUI linux distro and i loved te Alt F1 thingy .. it is really nice .. but the 4 desktops are some how different from the console thing .. maybe because of the common taskbar

thanks for telling me the way of getting back the GUI!
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So I'm not the only one who does the 4 desktops and 5 virtual consoles thing haha!

P.S. F1 through F6 are the text consoles, F7 is Xwindows (on most systems) and if you are in X you have to use CTRL+ALT+F{1-6} to get out to a text console but you don't need the CTRL key to just go from one text console to another. And when you start to think that's really cool you can dump all your error messages to console 8 and use ALT-F8 to check up on errors


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