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Reimagining The Desktop

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| KDE 4.1 goes a long way to solving that dilemma. 


Linux should remain Linux

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| I disagree that Linux should concentrate on running native Windows apps. This 
| is exactly the opposite of what the community should be doing. If you notice 
| more and more companies are working to make Linux their base rather than 
| Windows. This frees them of paying tax to MS and stops MS from beating their 
| products with tighter Windows integration than they can ever hope to achieve.    
| So why then would the makers of this open platform turn down the road of 
| depending on MS for success. The Linux community needs to develop apps that 
| can compete (they already have) and people need to understand that they will 
| have to use these apps just as they do when they switch over to Mac. Some are 
| never going to come and thats fine. Let them keep paying for something 
| inferior. Most of the Linux "drawbacks" are myths anyway. Theres nothing you 
| can do to comfort a person that startled at the thought of not seeing a green 
| start button. They simply don't want to use their minds.       
| Also the amount of should do's for Linux is sometimes funny. If we have all 
| of these ideas why don't we just do them for those of us that are developers. 
| Its a perfect time to get in on the ground floor of this platform and become 
| profitable. Its cheaper to be a "Linux" partner than an MS partner.   



Killing the Desktop Metaphor with GNOME

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| The desktop metaphor as we typically know it reproduces some of the concepts
| of the real world, which brings its share of drawbacks. While GNOME still
| uses this metaphor by default, we can, however, customize it to fulfill more
| efficiently the needs of the increasingly complex information flow that we
| experience on a daily basis.
| I am aware that this article flogs a three-decade-old zombie horse. I haven't
| yet, however, found a more efficient workflow than the one I am hereby
| presenting, and I would be very interested in comments you may have regarding
| making it better optimized. If you have something you would like me to add to
| this article, praises or expressions of undying love, feel free to email me.


Using the Desktop…why?

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| In Openbox, I’d need an extra program just to add icons to the desktop, but I
| don’t. I don’t have a “QuickLaunch bar” either. Why should I? I have the
| menu, and maybe ten keyboard combinations that open my favorite applications.
| I have a panel at the bottom, but I noticed I don’t use it to navigate
| between my open windows…it’s only there so I know what applications I’ve
| already opened.
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| There’s another problem with using the desktop as a place where you store
| files: every time you open a program (as computer users tend to do
| sometimes), you hide them all. I guess that’s why the “Show Desktop” function
| was invented…so you can open even more windows, which will instantly hide
| your icons again.


no more desktop icons in 4.1

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| Well, we now have a folder view applet courtesy of Frederik Höglund. It can
| view any folder you want, including the desktop folder. You can also set a
| filter, making it possible to, for instance, view just images or whatever. It
| uses KIO so you can view remote folders as well. You can drag items to and
| from it, delete files, scroll, etc. It lines everything up in a nice grid and
| uses the same drawing routines that Dolphin, Konqueror, KRunner and others
| use from kdelibs for the icons.

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