The future of virtual desktops

Kun Zhang arthur.kun at
Fri Feb 25 04:39:51 CET 2011

I have been trying to use activities in my daily work and found some
problems. I have set up two activities:
- the "work" activity is a folder view without any other widgets, which I
use for coding.
- the "browse" activity is a desktop containing a lot of social and news
widgets, which I use for leisure browsing.

I also have some windows (such as IDEs, editors, konsoles) for "work", and
some other windows (such as browsers) for "browse". Because windows are not
managed by activities, I have to put them in two virtual desktops. So every
time I switch activities, I also have to switch virtual desktops, which is
inconvenient to me.

I understand currently activities and virtual desktops are totally
disassociated. Virtual desktop manages windows, while activity manages
widgets -- they are two universes and have no business with each other, but
this setting doesn't solve my case. IMHO, widgets and windows are not
orthogonal, neither are activities and virtual desktops.

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 9:44 AM, Aaron J. Seigo <aseigo at> wrote:

> On Thursday, February 24, 2011, Hans Chen wrote:
> > What I want to know is the following: Are there any plans or outlines
> > regarding how to proceed with virtual desktop (and activities)? Are they
> they are orthogonal concepts and i don't think we should at this time get
> too
> worked up about them.
> for those who don't use virtual desktops now -> not an issue
> for those who don't use activities -> not an issue
> for those who use both happily -> not an issue
> people who know virtual desktops but who are learning and using activities
> are
> the only ones really affected, and i think it's likely to be a "growing
> pains"
> issue as they adjust. it may just as well work itself out naturally.
> we don't know what their resulting work flows will be yet. that would be a
> matter for a field study or we can just wait and see. if/when we do know
> what
> the resulting work flow typically is for a virtual desktop and activities
> user, we can then take this topic up if we wish to.
> but imho right now it's "not an issue" :)
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