It's not that I don't like virtual desktops (aka workspaces) in Linux.
On the contrary, I love them.
But when I'm using the horrible Citrix-delivered applications my company provides, switching to another workspace (or virtual desktop) causes those apps to lose their connection to the server.
So I have to be disciplined in order not to switch to another workspace.
In Xfce I removed the desktop pager from my panel.
And just now in GNOME 3, I was searching for an Extension that would do this for me. I found an out-of-date Extension that included a very good workaround in the comments:
This extension didn't work for me on Fedora 20/GNOME 3.10. Instead I used GNOME Tweak Tool and set the 'Workspace Creation'=Static and only 'Number of Workspaces'=1.
I already have GNOME Tweak Tool, since you really can't run GNOME 3 (successfully anyway) without it. I went into the Workspaces portion of the utility and made the changes.
Now my Workspaces are gone, as is the ability to even go to them with
ctrl-alt up/down-arrow, and I should be safer than ever to use GNOME Shell for my Citrix work ... unless minimizing apps, or switching between them, kills the connection.
Update: Switching between applications, including my Citrix-delivered ones, and minimizing them with the
Windows) key or mousing into the
hot corner does NOT cause the Citrix apps to lose their connection to the server.
So we can call this a win. I'll know for sure when I try to do a full day of production in GNOME 3 on Monday.
I'm running Xfce 4.10 in Fedora 21, and there's nothing in 4.12 I can't wait for, so I'll probably be sticking with what I've got until the next Fedora (or other) release I upgrade to or install.
But it's nice to see development continuing for Xfce, which had quite a dry spell between 4.10 and 4.12.
A nice note at the bottom of the Xfce.org tour:
A note on Xfce's portability
All but one of those screenshots were taken on machines running OpenBSD -current, a good proof that Xfce is still portable and friendly to all Unix systems.
Almost all the tutorials on tap-to-click for LXDE are on how to turn it off, mostly in Lubuntu.
I've just started experimenting with LXDE in Fedora 21 and was surprised to find out that I can toggle tap-to-click in the configuration of Xfce but not in LXDE, where there is no tap-to-click out of the box.
I repeat: There is seemingly no GUI way to toggle tap-to-click in LXDE. I'd love to be wrong, but I fear I am not.
There is more than one way to turn tap-to-click on with scripts, or modifying
xorg.conf or files in
I just wanted something simple. I turned to the
synclient utility (using it in the terminal).
First of all you can use
synclient to check your setup:
$ synclient -l
And to turn on tap-to-click:
$ synclient TapButton1=1
Like I say above, there are ways to do this via Xorg, and probably other ways, too.
I'm not sure whether or not there is a GUI in LXDE to autostart scripts, but I notice that one of the choices in LXDE's
Desktop Session Settings is
Xfsettingsd, the Xfce Settings Daemon. Could that bring some of my Xfce settings into LXDE? It's probably worth a try.
But for now, just running
synclient TapButton1=1 in the terminal gets me where I want to be.
After reading about it on one of the Fedora mailing lists, I hunted down and installed the TopIcons extension to GNOME Shell so the Dropbox icon shows up and persists in the upper panel.
So far I'm very happy with it.
I'm experimenting, as it were, with GNOME Shell and the GNOME Classic version of same, now that I'm using the open Radeon video driver and not the closed AMD Catalyst version (the latter of which does not play well with GNOME 3 at this point in time).
I finally did figure out suspend/resume in Radeon on my hardware (which I will write up at some point soon), so I'm able to run GNOME 3/Shell in addition to my go-to desktop Xfce. Suspend/resume has been a little squirrely at times, so I'm experimenting with it more than just a little before I declare myself satisfied with the fix.
Part of this means getting my GNOME Shell Extensions situation together so the environment isn't so user-unfriendly. To me anyway.
Jordi Mallach details in a post I found via Google Plus why GNOME should remain the default desktop environment in Debian Jessie despite the usual switch to Xfce prompted by a desire to keep the ISO image at CD size.
There's more. And it's not just image size: Most use Debian's netinstall image, which is always much smaller than a traditional data CD, and I think many if not most have access to a DVD drive or bypass optical media entirely for USB flash drives, so size doesn't matter as much as it might.
The dust-up over GNOME 3's controversial desktop is nothing new. Many will never like it. Cue irony: Windows 8, UI-wise, is as crazy as GNOME 3. They make the current Mac OS X desktop look positively old-school. That's probably drawing more to OS X than it is the other direction (to GNOME and Windows 8).