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Make Use Of KDE’s Desktop Features: Activities, Widgets & Dashboard

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It hasn’t been too long ago (since the beginning of this month, in fact) that I switched from using a GNOME desktop to a KDE desktop for my Linux system. Now, I’m not trying to start a flame war or anything, but I’ve personally found KDE to be better because, for me, it is more intuitive, has very nice eye-appeal, and comes with lots of options built-in. Now that the final missing feature (CalDAV sync) is coming in KDE 4.7, I will soon be switching all of my applications for their KDE counterparts.

If you’re in the same position as me, and are starting to see the full potential of the KDE desktop, this article is all about the features that are meant to boost your productivity and how to use them.

Activities

First off are Activities. This is a fancy name for saying that each virtual desktop can act independently, and that they do not have to have the same wallpaper and widgets on each one. With Activities, you can individually set each virtual desktop to use its own wallpaper and widget layout, so that you can optimally use each virtual desktop for whatever tasks you had in mind for it.

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