KDE Desktop Activities help to create an incredibly efficient and organized desktop. Jack Wallen introduces this new feature to Linux desktop users longing to take KDE 4 to new heights.
Recently, I wrote a post about the KDE 4.5 SC release candidate. In that post, I was a little bit critical about the discoverability of desktop activities. I wasnt too sure of what the purpose of these were, and there was nothing in the interface for creating these activities that gave the user any hint of what they were.
With virtual desktops you have many alternatives – you can use the Pager widget, desktop effects, keyboard shortcuts, switch desktop on screen edges etc. But what about activities? I counted the methods that I know and ended up with 7 different ways to switch activities (depending on how you count), all of which I’ll share in this post. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favorite?
I'm using KDE 4.11.3. I saw some videos in which it is shown that is possible set different activities on each desktop. I tried to do that, but unfortunately when I changed activity it changed on all my desktops. I selected "Use different *widget* for each desktop" form settings -> worksapce behaviour -> virtual desktops, as well.
It hasn’t been too long ago (since the beginning of this month, in fact) that I switched from using a GNOME desktop to a KDE desktop for my Linux system. Now, I’m not trying to start a flame war or anything, but I’ve personally found KDE to be better because, for me, it is more intuitive, has very nice eye-appeal, and comes with lots of options built-in.
On an unmodified, GNOME 3 desktop, the Activities button provides access to all installed applications. But in some circles, it is one reason that the GNOME 3 desktop is not very popular. In fact, a few GNOME 3-using distributions that offer a more user-friendly interface for desktop computing feature a modified GNOME Shell without the [...]
Should the desktop shortcuts stay with the local machine or follow the users' redirected desktop?
My issue is that some applications add a shortcut to c:\users\pulic\desktop and so I get that shortcut on my desktop and then that synchronizes with the redirected desktop and then I end up having two shortcuts.