Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Managing a department is no picnic, but managing space on your desktop can be even more troublesome. At any given moment, you may have any number of applications open on the desktop at once. Each one carries critical pieces of your daily life. You've got your e-mail client, a spreadsheet or two, that speech you're working on and a project planner. Throw in a browser window or two and your desktop's a mess. Having the right thing up on your screen when you need it can involve a series of Alt-tabs or feverish mouse clicks to minimize and maximize windows.
Isn't there a better way?
Sorry to say it, but in Windows XP, about the only other way to deal with screen clutter is to get a second monitor. Failing that, screen clutter is just another thing you have to deal with. But with Linux you don't need to buy the extra monitor. Instead you can manage clutter by way of multiple virtual desktops!