Screen Flipping in Ubuntu

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Posted on November 10, 2007 4:31 PM in Computers
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I'm not even sure what this was accomplishing, but it sure looked cool!


Ian Clifton on November 11, 2007 at 12:45 PM:

Virtual desktops are one of the nice features that most Linux distros have had for a LOT longer than the "big name" operating systems. The newest Apple OS is making a big deal about "Spaces," and I would hope that Vista finally has something comparable (haven't really followed it much). Virtual desktops allow you to act like you have X number of additional monitors. You could have email and an IM client opened on one, terminal on another, a web browser in another and easily switch among them. There have been a few different add-ons to try to make it look cool, such as that flipping or the cube rotating, but the real benefit is the organization it provides.


Bernie Zimmermann on November 11, 2007 at 1:53 PM:

Thanks for the info, Ian. After posting that video and blogging about it, I flipped a bit more and finally realized what was going on. I remember seeing signs of this capability back in versions of Red Hat but never took advantage of it. It certainly does seem to lend itself toward organization. I'll have to see if I can't put it to use in my everyday routine.

Oh, and I'm pretty sure Vista doesn't support anything like this, just based on my own experience with that operating system.


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