On 02/19/2018 07:06 AM, songbird wrote:
Richard Owlett wrote:
On 02/16/2018 02:51 PM, songbird wrote:
Richard Owlett wrote:
...
What I would like would be to have differing sets of applications
available in each workspace.


    i understood you the first time you wrote that.

<groan> and/or <grin>
I beg to differ ;<

In my initial post I attempted to describe what I wanted.
In my last post I gave a concrete {even if contrived} example of goal.

This time I'll borrow from set theory.
*CAVEAT LECTOR* Last time I saw set theory was in <Logic 101 "An
Introduction to Logic"> circa 1962.
Currently all workspaces have icons to access *_identical sets_* of
applications.

This may be crux of issue.
I used "set" in the set theory sense.
I said *nothing" about what was open anywhere/anywhen.
IOW
WORKSPACE1's desktop displays only launch icons from SETalpha
WORKSPACE2's desktop displays launch icons from SETbeta and SETgamma
WORKSPACE3's desktop displays only launch icons from the intersection of
SETomicron and SETzeta

   *shrug*

   you want launchers instead of actually running
programs?  in this age of SSDs and plenty of memory
i can tell you that i get done exactly what you want
with groups of programs running in each desired
desktop and it doesn't involve me having to wait
for anything to start or click on when i change
desktops...

   if i don't change anything in most of the open
applications then it doesn't matter if i kill them
off by shutting down from a command line.  next time
i boot the machine they're there waiting for me by
the time i sit down.

   so to me you are making more work for yourself
having to click items open.

   installing a completely different desktop just
because you don't like what is in the panel or on the
desktop (mate tweak will turn off all or some of the
desktop icons) for launchers strikes me as throwing
out the baby with the bathwater.

   another option (of similar sillyness IMO) is to
set up a different user for each group of items you
want in the desktop and panel.  it isn't too bad to
switch users and you can have your most common first
desktop/user logged in automatically when you boot
up.  but, again, oy...


   songbird



Our minds evidently work in different vector spaces ;}
Elsewhere it has been suggested that KDE "activities" matches my goals.
I also been pointed to fvwm and fvwm-crystal.
This morning I've been reading

<http://cs.brown.edu/courses/cs009/02/Linux_intro/GettingStarted.html>  and
  <http://fvwm-crystal.sourceforge.net/>

I've just used Synaptic to install fvwm-crystal as optimal for my idiosyncratic preferences. Now to reboot and see what happens <grin!>
{ I *AM* a "learn by doing" type.}
Thank you.



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