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ovod88 04-22-2010 12:48 PM

Virtual Desktops
Reading book about Linux I run into words "Virtual Desktops" which are used under Linux for a different projects. This is very new for me. What is it and how to create couple? I have Distro Fedora 12. Thanks.

rweaver 04-22-2010 12:51 PM

Virtual Desktops can be virtualized machines, alternate accounts, or desktops that span more than one screen space, what do you mean exactly?

camorri 04-22-2010 12:55 PM

Most distros create four to start. That is what I have, and it is more than enough for me.

You didn't say what desktop you installed. The method for adding them varies with the desktop ( KDE Gnome XFCE ) you installed. KDE Ver 4 there is an Icon of two tools crossed. Look in there if it is KDE. In XFCE look in the Settings Manager.

All the virtual desktops are is another desktop to open apps on. If you open 4 apps, you can open one on a different desktop, windows never hide each other.

MTK358 04-22-2010 01:00 PM

Virtual desktops are basically different desktops you can switch between, each containing it's own windows.

That way you can organize windows for different tasks in different desktops. Or you can set a window to appear in all desktops.

It's one of the things that I really like about the Linux desktop as opposed to $ Windows.

ovod88 04-22-2010 01:01 PM

I can only answer with words from book: Virtual Desktops - these are alternative desktops. You can have one desktop containing icons, applications and softtware for one project, and another one with software for other project. You can switch your virtual desktops depending on what project you are working on. You may have several desktops.

MTK358 04-22-2010 01:05 PM

I guess that's about right.

Just imagine a set of (usually 4) buttons in your taskbar. Each one takes you to a completely different desktop, each with different windows open. You can move windows into adjacent desktops by dragging them off the edge of the screen, or make a window appear on all desktops ("sticky") from the menu when you right-click on a window's title.

ovod88 04-22-2010 01:16 PM

Cool and how to configure?

MTK358 04-22-2010 01:22 PM

That's highly dependent on your desktop (again, in Linux the desktop and window manager are separate programs independent of the OS).

Do you even have Linux installed?

ovod88 04-22-2010 01:42 PM

Yes I have. Fedora 12. Desktop is GNOME. I dont now what about window manager(

MTK358 04-22-2010 01:52 PM

The window manager is the program that draws the frames around windows and lets you manipulate windows.

Without it, windows would not have a border and there would be no way to resize or move them.

ovod88 04-22-2010 02:00 PM

Ok. Thanks. But how to find it and what should I do to make at least two virtual desktops?

MTK358 04-22-2010 02:04 PM

Again, highly window manager / desktop dependent.

Could you post a screenshot of your desktop here?

ovod88 04-22-2010 02:12 PM

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pixellany 04-22-2010 02:22 PM

See the double rectangle at the bottom right? That is indicating 2 desktops. Right-click on it and select "preferences"
Or--in the menus: System-->System settings-->Desktop

ovod88 04-22-2010 02:29 PM

Yes, I undestood. Thanks. It is very useful and simply to create. I thought it would like always in linux: can of worms and so on. But I can switch it so easy. Cool. The problem seems to be solved.

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