[kde-linux] In KDE4, to set a different background for each of the multiple desktops

Stan Goodman stan.goodman at hashkedim.com
Thu Dec 24 09:10:01 UTC 2009

At 10:02:36 on Thursday Thursday 24 December 
2009, "Joe\(theWordy\)Philbrook" <jtwdyp at ttlc.net> wrote:
> It would appear that on Dec 23, Dale did say:
> > Felix Miata wrote:
> > > On 2009/12/23 14:45 (GMT-0500) James Loughner composed:
> > >> Stan Goodman wrote:
> > >>> Right you are. I will continue to examine that facility, which I
> > >>> currently regard as useless FOR ME.
> > >>
> > >> LOL It is useless to you because you have not yet seen the light.
> > >
> > > As many won't, since it's hidden in an unintuitive maze.
> -snipped. .  .   .    .     .      .       .        .         .stuff
> > I sincerely hope KDE does a better job with KDE 5.  I have read where
> > several people have switched away form KDE because of the way this
> > was done.  KDE 3 was dropped before KDE 4 was even off to a good
> > stable start.  At least that is my opinion anyway.  For me, KDE 4 is
> > still not ready.

"Several people" is inaccurate. It is a stampede. For myself, I have tried 
several times to adapt myself to KDE4, in order to convince myself that 
it is not mere stubbornness that makes me resent it. It won't work. 

> Yeah, I used to be a die hard kde fan who would use no other desktop.
> Then along came kde4 and it seamed to me they threw away every thing I
> liked about kde. I could understand that kde3 was based on mature code
> with too many patches and maybe did need a complete rewrite. But I
> didn't understand why it seemed that the new code couldn't have allowed
> users to interface with it in familiar ways. I was also frustrated by
> the fact that much of kde3 could be configured without even touching
> the durned rodent. (I'm a keyboard man who has difficulty making the
> mouse point at the right spot long enough to click on the right thing)
> and it felt like the interface for any and all configuration tools was
> now all about making it impossible to configure anything without the
> mouse...
> Then I did see the light. Literally  I installed EnLIGHTenment. With
> most linux distros I still start with the kde version. But that's
> mostly because I'm used to some of the kde applications. Then the next
> thing I do is add both e16, & e17...
> To be fair, the E17 devs aren't all that friendly towards the concept
> of using the keyboard for configuration chores either. But it's still
> less work to get things running my way. There are fewer "gee whiz lets
> automate everything he doesn't want to do, and hide everything he does"
> things for me to have to figure out. So I don't really see me coming
> back to kde any time soon. But given how fond the e17 devs are of mouse
> based tools, it's possible that by the time there is a kde5, I might be
> ready for another change, and if kde5 lets me work the way I think, and
> lets me use my keyboard as the primary input device (especially for
> configuration chores). I might even switch back. Time will tell.

Stan Goodman
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