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Re: KDE basics

Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 7:30 pm
by malspa
Topher wrote:This is another good video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dohhz91OTPY
Thanks, folks. Those are two good videos.

I had never tried changing the animation speed before (System Settings > Desktop Effects > General tab).

Also, I agree with the narrator in the second video about using different widgets for each desktop instead of using "Activities." I've never warmed to up the whole "Activities" thing.

Re: KDE basics

Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 8:52 pm
by lucky9
Activities would help me more if I worked in a more complex environment. I keep it simple so they're more likely to get in the way than help.

Re: KDE basics

Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 10:55 pm
by Adrian
Activities can be useful, you can set up: Work, Home, Research, Games activities for example and each can have its own widgets, links and look, they are not supposed to be used as or as a replacement of multiple desktops (workspaces).

Re: KDE basics

Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 11:08 pm
by malspa
lucky9 wrote:Activities would help me more if I worked in a more complex environment. I keep it simple so they're more likely to get in the way than help.
Maybe that's why I've never been all that interested in using Activities. I like to keep things simple, too.

Re: KDE basics

Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:05 am
by lucky9
Adrian wrote:Activities can be useful, you can set up: Work, Home, Research, Games activities for example and each can have its own widgets, links and look, they are not supposed to be used as or as a replacement of multiple desktops (workspaces).
I do see what you mean Adrian. If I did anything in addition to what I do on my computer, I might use Activities. But my needs are so simple it would be more complex than it's worth. If I ever decide to code for instance I can see having an Activity for that. I'm not saying Activities aren't useful in many situations. They would be. For instance I don't burn a lot of optical disks. So I'm not going to setup an Activity for burning. Nor would I for ripping a DVD. Just don't do enough of that activity to bother setting up an Activity.

Strangely enough I'm glad to have the functionality of Activities. If I ever do see a need I'll be happier that it's there.

Re: KDE basics

Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:12 am
by uncle mark
malspa wrote:
lucky9 wrote:Activities would help me more if I worked in a more complex environment. I keep it simple so they're more likely to get in the way than help.
Maybe that's why I've never been all that interested in using Activities. I like to keep things simple, too.
Heck, I can't even deal with multiple Desktops. The closest thing I get to that kind of "multitasking" is using dual monitors with a single spanned Desktop so I can have several open windows in front of me at once.

Re: KDE basics

Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:22 am
by lucky9
In my Mepis 11 installation I have 6 desktops. I frequently use 4 at a time. Occasionally 5, once in a while all 6. I've never needed more. It simply saves opening and closing something, I simply switch to a different desktop rather than minimize.