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Old 08-13-2010, 10:33 PM
Josh Stephenson
 
Default Separate activity for each desktop in 4.5?

In earlier versions of kde 4 (I can't remember when it started it was probably
4.3) you could check a box in the activity settings to associate a separate
activity for each desktop/workspace. This would allow you to have a separate
wallpaper for each desktop.

In 4.5, with the introduction of the activity manager, this option seems to
have been moved or vanished entirely. I can't find a way get more than one
wallpaper for all of my workspaces and I can't find a way to merge activities
and workspaces. I personally don't have a need for both workspaces and
activities... and while I understand some people do, taking away the other
option seems like a regression.

Or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place. Does anybody how to achieve
what I want to do in 4.5?

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Old 08-14-2010, 02:58 PM
Worzel
 
Default Separate activity for each desktop in 4.5?

On Friday 13 August 2010 23:33:35 Josh Stephenson wrote:
> In earlier versions of kde 4 (I can't remember when it started it was
> probably 4.3) you could check a box in the activity settings to associate
> a separate activity for each desktop/workspace. This would allow you to
> have a separate wallpaper for each desktop.
>
> In 4.5, with the introduction of the activity manager, this option seems to
> have been moved or vanished entirely. I can't find a way get more than
> one wallpaper for all of my workspaces and I can't find a way to merge
> activities and workspaces. I personally don't have a need for both
> workspaces and activities... and while I understand some people do, taking
> away the other option seems like a regression.
>
> Or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place. Does anybody how to achieve
> what I want to do in 4.5?

No, I believe you're looking in the right place. AFAIK there is no direct link
between desktops and activities. Multiple desktops share a single wallpaper
setting but you can 'change' the wallpaper by changing activities. I had
expected to be able to tie an activity to a specific desktop eg I could have an
"office" desktop with an activity folder view displaying relevant document
folders/files.

However, I may also be looking in the wrong place...

Jim


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Old 08-14-2010, 03:41 PM
Reinhold Rumberger
 
Default Separate activity for each desktop in 4.5?

On Saturday 14 August 2010, Josh Stephenson wrote:
> In earlier versions of kde 4 (I can't remember when it started it
> was probably 4.3) you could check a box in the activity settings
> to associate a separate activity for each desktop/workspace. This
> would allow you to have a separate wallpaper for each desktop.
>
> In 4.5, with the introduction of the activity manager, this option
> seems to have been moved or vanished entirely. I can't find a
> way get more than one wallpaper for all of my workspaces and I
> can't find a way to merge activities and workspaces. I
> personally don't have a need for both workspaces and
> activities... and while I understand some people do, taking away
> the other option seems like a regression.
>
> Or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place. Does anybody how to
> achieve what I want to do in 4.5?

This has been chaged for quite a while now. There was even a thread
about it on this list.

Execute "kcmshell4 desktop" and select the checkbox.

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Old 08-14-2010, 03:54 PM
lanzen
 
Default Separate activity for each desktop in 4.5?

Il 14/08/2010 00:33, Josh Stephenson ha scritto:

> In earlier versions of kde 4 (I can't remember when it started it was probably
> 4.3) you could check a box in the activity settings to associate a separate
> activity for each desktop/workspace. This would allow you to have a separate
> wallpaper for each desktop.
>
> In 4.5, with the introduction of the activity manager, this option seems to
> have been moved or vanished entirely. I can't find a way get more than one
> wallpaper for all of my workspaces and I can't find a way to merge activities
> and workspaces. I personally don't have a need for both workspaces and
> activities... and while I understand some people do, taking away the other
> option seems like a regression.
>
> Or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place. Does anybody how to achieve
> what I want to do in 4.5?
>

Just add as many activities as you feel /need, then, well, I've added a
panel that hides and un-hides when the pointer gets close and put the
activity manager widget inside. This acts as a work-space selector. I
kept, for the moment, two desktops for each activity, but, to achieve
the old behavior, just leave one and get rid of the desktop selector
altogether.


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Old 08-14-2010, 04:35 PM
Gene Heskett
 
Default Separate activity for each desktop in 4.5?

On Saturday, August 14, 2010 12:33:13 pm Worzel did opine:

> On Friday 13 August 2010 23:33:35 Josh Stephenson wrote:
> > In earlier versions of kde 4 (I can't remember when it started it was
> > probably 4.3) you could check a box in the activity settings to
> > associate a separate activity for each desktop/workspace. This would
> > allow you to have a separate wallpaper for each desktop.
> >
> > In 4.5, with the introduction of the activity manager, this option
> > seems to have been moved or vanished entirely. I can't find a way
> > get more than one wallpaper for all of my workspaces and I can't find
> > a way to merge activities and workspaces. I personally don't have a
> > need for both workspaces and activities... and while I understand
> > some people do, taking away the other option seems like a regression.
> >
> > Or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place. Does anybody how to
> > achieve what I want to do in 4.5?
>
> No, I believe you're looking in the right place. AFAIK there is no
> direct link between desktops and activities. Multiple desktops share a
> single wallpaper setting but you can 'change' the wallpaper by changing
> activities. I had expected to be able to tie an activity to a specific
> desktop eg I could have an "office" desktop with an activity folder
> view displaying relevant document folders/files.
>
> However, I may also be looking in the wrong place...
>
> Jim

I have the same concern, and I can't even get rid of the plain background
color with a utility i found called ChGb.

If anyone has a line open to the kde folks, this ability to set a different
background on each screen is being sorely missed.

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A: None: The light bulb contains the seeds of its own revolution.

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Old 08-14-2010, 04:37 PM
Gene Heskett
 
Default Separate activity for each desktop in 4.5?

On Saturday, August 14, 2010 12:36:25 pm Reinhold Rumberger did opine:

> On Saturday 14 August 2010, Josh Stephenson wrote:
> > In earlier versions of kde 4 (I can't remember when it started it
> > was probably 4.3) you could check a box in the activity settings
> > to associate a separate activity for each desktop/workspace. This
> > would allow you to have a separate wallpaper for each desktop.
> >
> > In 4.5, with the introduction of the activity manager, this option
> > seems to have been moved or vanished entirely. I can't find a
> > way get more than one wallpaper for all of my workspaces and I
> > can't find a way to merge activities and workspaces. I
> > personally don't have a need for both workspaces and
> > activities... and while I understand some people do, taking away
> > the other option seems like a regression.
> >
> > Or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place. Does anybody how to
> > achieve what I want to do in 4.5?
>
> This has been chaged for quite a while now. There was even a thread
> about it on this list.
>
> Execute "kcmshell4 desktop" and select the checkbox.
>
> --Reinhold

It is checked, but I have been unable to find where I can select the
background image to use.

Thanks

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Old 08-14-2010, 04:51 PM
Clay Weber
 
Default Separate activity for each desktop in 4.5?

On Saturday, August 14, 2010 12:35:09 pm Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Saturday, August 14, 2010 12:33:13 pm Worzel did opine:
> > On Friday 13 August 2010 23:33:35 Josh Stephenson wrote:
> > > In earlier versions of kde 4 (I can't remember when it started it was
> > > probably 4.3) you could check a box in the activity settings to
> > > associate a separate activity for each desktop/workspace. This would
> > > allow you to have a separate wallpaper for each desktop.
> > >
> > > In 4.5, with the introduction of the activity manager, this option
> > > seems to have been moved or vanished entirely. I can't find a way
> > > get more than one wallpaper for all of my workspaces and I can't find
> > > a way to merge activities and workspaces. I personally don't have a
> > > need for both workspaces and activities... and while I understand
> > > some people do, taking away the other option seems like a regression.
> > >
> > > Or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place. Does anybody how to
> > > achieve what I want to do in 4.5?
> >
> > No, I believe you're looking in the right place. AFAIK there is no
> > direct link between desktops and activities. Multiple desktops share a
> > single wallpaper setting but you can 'change' the wallpaper by changing
> > activities. I had expected to be able to tie an activity to a specific
> > desktop eg I could have an "office" desktop with an activity folder
> > view displaying relevant document folders/files.
> >
> > However, I may also be looking in the wrong place...
> >
> > Jim
>
> I have the same concern, and I can't even get rid of the plain background
> color with a utility i found called ChGb.
>
> If anyone has a line open to the kde folks, this ability to set a different
> background on each screen is being sorely missed.

There is a very long-running bug report thread on this on b-k-o
https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=155150

My old laptop has a tough time with Activities, so the old multiple-desktop
system was the *one* (seldom-used) thing I personally missed from KDE 3

clay

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Old 08-14-2010, 05:03 PM
Reinhold Rumberger
 
Default Separate activity for each desktop in 4.5?

On Saturday 14 August 2010, Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Saturday, August 14, 2010 12:36:25 pm Reinhold Rumberger did
opine:
> > On Saturday 14 August 2010, Josh Stephenson wrote:
> > > In earlier versions of kde 4 (I can't remember when it started
> > > it was probably 4.3) you could check a box in the activity
> > > settings to associate a separate activity for each
> > > desktop/workspace. This would allow you to have a separate
> > > wallpaper for each desktop.
> > >
> > > In 4.5, with the introduction of the activity manager, this
> > > option seems to have been moved or vanished entirely. I
> > > can't find a way get more than one wallpaper for all of my
> > > workspaces and I can't find a way to merge activities and
> > > workspaces. I personally don't have a need for both
> > > workspaces and
> > > activities... and while I understand some people do, taking
> > > away the other option seems like a regression.
> > >
> > > Or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place. Does anybody
> > > how to achieve what I want to do in 4.5?
> >
> > This has been chaged for quite a while now. There was even a
> > thread about it on this list.
> >
> > Execute "kcmshell4 desktop" and select the checkbox.
>
> It is checked, but I have been unable to find where I can select
> the background image to use.

Right click on the desktop and select the settings entry (it's the
last entry here).

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Old 08-14-2010, 05:46 PM
Ric Moore
 
Default Separate activity for each desktop in 4.5?

On Sat, 2010-08-14 at 19:03 +0200, Reinhold Rumberger wrote:

> > It is checked, but I have been unable to find where I can select
> > the background image to use.
>
> Right click on the desktop and select the settings entry (it's the
> last entry here).

Gene, you're gonna love this. I just did as Reinhold suggested and find
that there is only one desktop background in the stock install. You have
to ADD more images before you can install a different desktop
background. Makes sense, when you have only one, that nothing will
change or be added. Just click on the desktop and chose desktop
settings, then add wallpapers. Add a few, select one and click OK. Move
to the next desktop and you'll find it displays the old one, which you
can then change to a different wallpaper. And then the next...

Piece O cake. I haven't added anything else, nor downloaded any
utility... ergo it ain't broke. Enjoy! Ric



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Old 08-14-2010, 06:51 PM
Reinhold Rumberger
 
Default Separate activity for each desktop in 4.5?

On Saturday 14 August 2010, Ric Moore wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-08-14 at 19:03 +0200, Reinhold Rumberger wrote:
> > > It is checked, but I have been unable to find where I can
> > > select the background image to use.
> >
> > Right click on the desktop and select the settings entry (it's
> > the last entry here).
>
> Gene, you're gonna love this. I just did as Reinhold suggested and
> find that there is only one desktop background in the stock
> install. You have to ADD more images before you can install a
> different desktop background. Makes sense, when you have only
> one, that nothing will change or be added. Just click on the
> desktop and chose desktop settings, then add wallpapers. Add a
> few, select one and click OK. Move to the next desktop and you'll
> find it displays the old one, which you can then change to a
> different wallpaper. And then the next...
>
> Piece O cake. I haven't added anything else, nor downloaded any
> utility... ergo it ain't broke. Enjoy! Ric

There are some very pretty wallpapers supplied with KDE, but it seems
they weren't installed on your system for some reason. You might want
to check you package manager for packages with "wallpaper" in their
name (especially the package "kdebase-workspace-wallpapers").

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