Separate activity for each desktop in 4.5?

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Sun Aug 15 13:08:20 UTC 2010

On 15/08/2010 22:17, Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Sunday, August 15, 2010 08:15:04 am Ric Moore did opine:
>> On Sat, 2010-08-14 at 22:13 -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
>>> On Saturday, August 14, 2010 10:11:53 pm Reinhold Rumberger did opine:
>>>> 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).
>>>>    --Reinhold
>>> Thank you Reinhold, it works, unforch it sets all 8 screens alike.  I
>>> was hoping I could finally separate them&  use a different image per
>>> screen.
>> I just did that Gene. Each screen has a separate wall paper. You just
>> have to do it one screen at a time, in each one. Ric
> I did that Ric, set screen one to the wallpaper from  my /usr/pix tree,
> then switched to screen 2, and changed it.  All 8 were changed.  So there
> must be another checkbox I've missed.  Someplace...

As much as I hate to burst the bubble....but this absolute desire to 
have a different wallpaper for each desktop is nothing but a phobia 
simply because you think that you *must* have a different wallpaper for 
each desktop or your life is a total miserable failure.

I thought the same once.

And I also spent hours trying to figure out how to achieve this.

And I complained. And whinged about it. And got upset....

Then I thought about it, and found that I can still lead a normal 
existence without having a different wallpaper on each of my 6 desktops.

I stopped being a raving loooney about this - and found that there is 
life beyond 6 different wallpapers :-) .

I concluded that if I cannot tell which desktop I am using or am unable 
to find the desktop I want without having a different wallpaper for it 
then I am just too dumb to use a computer; furthermore, I concluded that 
I would then also be at the stage where I shouldn't even be left alone 
in the room with the TV remote control because I would be too dangerous 
to the community to be left alone in the room with it....

I now have the one wallpaper. I have 6 Desktops.

And I know exactly which one I am using - and I know which one I want to 
use for the next application I want to run: all I need is to count from 
left to right and -voila! I simply click on the desktop I want to use! 
:-) (Of course, being able to count helps :-D .)


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