Workspaces and workspace switcher

JD jd1008 at
Thu Dec 6 05:10:46 UTC 2012

On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 9:55 PM, Ric Moore <wayward4now at> wrote:

> On 12/05/2012 03:47 PM, JD wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I just for the first time installed ubuntu 12.10.
>> I am for the most part very pleased with the experience as far
>> as ease of operation.
>> A few things about the desktop really bug me.
>> It used to be that in order for me to switch to another
>> workspace, all I hadto do is click on it's icon on the sidebar.
>> Now, I have to use the switcher - 2 clicks per workspace.
>> This is so gosh darned annoying, that it is almost a show
>> stopper for me.
>> 1. So, How can I have an auto-hidden
>>     sidebar of workspaceicons that I can move my pointer
>>     to and just click on the workspace I want to switch to?
>> 2. Anotherissue is that even though I have downloaded compiz...
>>      but it does not appear as an icon in System Settings.
>>      So I tried the command line ccsm
>>      When the GUI came up, non of it's categories or sub menus
>>      provide any way to increase the number of workspaces
>>      nor how to create an auto-hidden sidebar for the workspaces
>>      (in order for me to obviate the dorky switcher).
>>      I tried gconftool-2 as well and set the number of workspaces:
>>      gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/num_**workspaces
>> --type=int 8
>>      IT DOES NOT WORK!!!
>>      In fact, there is NO file called
>>      ~jd/.gconf/apps/metacity/**general/num_workspaces
>> I hope there is aseasoned gnome expert on this list
>> that can elucidate howto do this.
> I usually just add the XFCE desktop to avoid ALL of those nuisances. I
> just installed 12.10 fresh, and using the Unity desktop drove me crazy
> until I added xfce and logged into it. But, getting nvidia drivers working
> took over an hour. It didn't work for me out of the box. 12.04 is more
> solid in that respect. Ric

Thanx Ric.
I did try xfce when I was using the OS for lab rats (fedora).
I found it so horribly slow!!
Right click on any icon on the desktop and I would age 100 years
waiting for the menu to pop up.

So, I will try Mate , per another suggestion.


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