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KDE Desktop Tweak - Try this!
A 'micro' HOW-TO for you.
I finally figured out how to do something in KDE which has
been interesting me for some time: that is, how to have muliple
desktops with different wallpapers so that I can switch between
them at will. I first found this feature when I tried out Peanut Linux
many months ago, and after a late night poking around in some of my
directories I hit the jackpot. Here's how:
Search for a text file called kdesktoprc. This contains all your
desktop environment settings for KDE. It should be somewhere like
/home/yourdirectory/.kde/share/config/ If not, then enter a command
shell, login as root and type find / -name kdesktoprc -print
Then look for a setting at the top of the file which reads
CommonDesktop=true. Change this parameter to false by editing the
file with your favourite text editor(I used Vim) and save the file.
You don't need to alter anything else here.
All you do now is go into your 'configure virtual desktops' option
on the KDE kicker/toolbar and decide how many desktops you want:
I chose to have four. You can then change the wallpapers for each
individual desktop, and KDE should 'remember' these. I tested this
out, then rebooted my Knoppix box. No settings were lost
and nothing crashed!
You might not want this feature, but I think it really adds
something to your desktop. There is also a way to have different
sound events for different desktops. For this you need to edit
the kwin.eventsrc file in the same directory as
kdesktoprc. You just need to know which *.wav files you have
on your system in (perhaps) /usr/share/sounds
then have something like:
If the 'presentation' option is set to 0 then you won't get any sound.
You can have a different sound file for each desktop.
Finally you might want to edit knotify.eventsrc.
This is for events like logging into Linux or closing an application.
You might find that the new sound settings will only work after a reboot.
Hope you enjoy playing with these files, but remember to
make backups or take notes just in case things go wrong.
If this tweak works for you, please reply to this thread, and let me know of your own favourite KDE tweaksI am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso
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Sounds neat, but I am a Gnome user.
[Sounds neat, but I am a Gnome user.]
I like Gnome as well. I don't know if this 'tweak' can be applied to Gnome in some way.I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso