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    Workspaces - Horizontal/Vertical

    My Unity DE is 98% fabulous and I have 4 horizontal workspaces that I can mouse wheel scroll through to my hearts delight. Unfortunately, I need to run a VirtualBox VM running Win 7 Pro (I assign it to one of the workspaces) and for some reason that currently alludes me, the bottom half of the Windows bottom panel is missing. There are some other issues, but never no mind. So I tried bringing in the Gnome DE and praise the Great Pumkin the VB Windows VM works a treat; Win bottom panel all correct and accounted for. Unfortunately, in GS the workspaces are vertical, not horizontal, amd imo that makes switching a nightmare.

    I've tried CCSM to set the #workspaces to 4h x 1v but the setting doesn't seem to 'stick'. If I go back into CCSM after making these changes the number of workspaces has reset to 1 horizontal, and vertical and number of desktops are both blank. I'm at a loss to figure out what to do next and would appreciate any advice.

    For reference, here's my current specs courtesy of a VinDSL script:
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    ~ VinDSL Unity Debug Script 13.04.10 (vindsl.com) ~Current Date/Time: Tue Jul  9 10:22:45 WST 2013
    Distro Release: Ubuntu Saucy Salamander (development branch)
    Kernel Release: Linux 3.10.0-2-generic
    Unity Release: unity 7.0.2
    
    OpenGL vendor string:   NVIDIA Corporation
    OpenGL renderer string: GeForce GTX 650/PCIe/SSE2
    OpenGL version string:  4.3.0 NVIDIA 319.32
    
    Not software rendered:    yes
    Not blacklisted:          yes
    GLX fbconfig:             yes 
    GLX texture from pixmap:  yes
    GL npot or rect textures: yes
    GL vertex program:        yes
    GL fragment program:      yes
    GL vertex buffer object:  yes
    GL framebuffer object:    yes
    GL version is 1.4+:       yes
    
    Unity 3D supported:       yes
    
    Package: xserver-xorg-core
      Installed: 2:1.14.1-0ubuntu0.8
    
    Gnome Release: 
    GNOME Shell 3.8.3
    Edit: Hmmm... I just checked Gnome-Tweak-Tool and I have Dynamic Workspaces switched 'off' and with the number set to 4... there is nowhere to set the orientation of those workspaces. Very confusing.
    Last edited by PJs Ronin; July 11th, 2013 at 02:07 AM.

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    Re: Workspaces - Horizontal/Vertical

    Quote Originally Posted by PJs Ronin View Post

    I've tried CCSM to set the #workspaces to 4h x 1v but the setting doesn't seem to 'stick'. If I go back into CCSM after making these changes the number of workspaces has reset to 1 horizontal, and vertical and number of desktops are both blank. I'm at a loss to figure out what to do next and would appreciate any advice.



    Edit: Hmmm... I just checked Gnome-Tweak-Tool and I have Dynamic Workspaces switched 'off' and with the number set to 4... there is nowhere to set the orientation of those workspaces. Very confusing.
    As far as a ubuntu/unity session "Dynamic Workspaces" in the tweak tool is meaningless, just for Gs.

    ccsm seems to often misreport the number of Ws's, doesn't matter what ccsm says, what do you actually have?
    While I use rotate (4h/1v), switched to wall & set 1h/4v. While ccsm shows as in screen it's still 1h/4v. That it isn't just 1x1 can be confirmed in screen by the presence of the expo icon which would disappear if only on 1 Ws. (obviously opening expo would also show 1h/4v

    So do you actually have 1h/4v after setting to that?
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    Re: Workspaces - Horizontal/Vertical

    @mc4man. Thank you for your response. Whilst some of your comments are flying over my head I will answer the best I can and hope I'm not telling you how to suck eggs.

    Quote Originally Posted by mc4man View Post
    ... ccsm seems to often misreport the number of Ws's, doesn't matter what ccsm says, what do you actually have?
    I currently have 4 workspaces (see image) that all work. The representation in the attached graphic is a Gnome Extension called "Workspacebar" that at least shows me the workspaces and allows me to click to the desired one. I can also ctrl-alt up/down arrow to select any of the workspaces. I cannot seem to get the mouse scroll wheel to scroll through the workspaces as I can with Unity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mc4man View Post
    ... While I use rotate (4h/1v), switched to wall & set 1h/4v. While ccsm shows as in screen it's still 1h/4v. That it isn't just 1x1 can be confirmed in screen by the presence of the expo icon which would disappear if only on 1 Ws. (obviously opening expo would also show 1h/4v
    Yeah, this is over my head. I guess you're referring to CCSM and the only thing I can find in there refers to Desktops. I have tried to set this to every combination of horizontal/vertical I can imagine but when I re-open CCSM the setting has reverted to this:
    Screenshot1.png

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    Re: Workspaces - Horizontal/Vertical

    So you want to run gnome-shell but adjust your ws's in compiz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mc4man View Post
    So you want to run gnome-shell but adjust your ws's in compiz?
    I want to run GS and have 4 horizontal workspaces and hopefully scroll those workspaces with the mouse wheel activated from anywhere on the desktop (as is currently possible with Unity). My inexperience precludes me from commenting on compiz being the best (only?) way of doing this. I've tried gnome-tweak-tool, compiz and googled options for editing dconf/gconf, all with no result.

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    Re: Workspaces - Horizontal/Vertical

    Quote Originally Posted by PJs Ronin View Post
    I want to run GS and have 4 horizontal workspaces and hopefully scroll those workspaces with the mouse wheel activated from anywhere on the desktop (as is currently possible with Unity). My inexperience precludes me from commenting on compiz being the best (only?) way of doing this. I've tried gnome-tweak-tool, compiz and googled options for editing dconf/gconf, all with no result.
    Compiz doesn't run when using gnome-shell so using ccsm to try and adjust the desktops will fail every. GS uses mutter as compositor.

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    Re: Workspaces - Horizontal/Vertical

    ty cariboo907.

    It would seem my cause is lost as mutter is not very configurable.

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    Re: Workspaces - Horizontal/Vertical

    Quote Originally Posted by PJs Ronin View Post
    Unfortunately, in GS the workspaces are vertical, not horizontal, amd imo that makes switching a nightmare.
    I don't understand how anybody could prefer the "classic" n by n workspace switcher model used by Unity versus the dynamic linear model used by GS? Who wants to think about up/down versus left/right? Just step through all workspaces quickly with ctrl+alt+up/down. Much simpler that you don't have to remember and negotiate the silly corner turns.

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    Re: Workspaces - Horizontal/Vertical

    I use the Desktop Scroller shell extension to handle switching workspaces, a mouse up/down on either edge of the screen will switch workspaces.

    I actually prefer this to having to scroll from the desktop as I can switch workspaces even if the desktop isn't visible (scrolling from the desktop still works however).

    https://extensions.gnome.org/extensi...-for-gnome-36/
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    Quote Originally Posted by markbl View Post
    I don't understand how anybody could prefer the "classic" n by n workspace switcher model used by Unity versus the dynamic linear model used by GS? Who wants to think about up/down versus left/right? Just step through all workspaces quickly with ctrl+alt+up/down. Much simpler that you don't have to remember and negotiate the silly corner turns.
    It's not an issue of thinking about "up/down versus left/right", it's an issue about how I get to the workspace that's currently demanding my attention. Under Unity I can position the mouse pointer anywhere in free space, roll the mouse wheel and voila, I am there. Under GS I have to position the mouse pointer over a specify, and very small, part of the screen and then mouse scroll to bring up the desired workspace. I live by the mouse, not by keyboard combinations.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    I use the Desktop Scroller shell extension to handle switching workspaces, a mouse up/down on either edge of the screen will switch workspaces.

    I actually prefer this to having to scroll from the desktop as I can switch workspaces even if the desktop isn't visible (scrolling from the desktop still works however).

    https://extensions.gnome.org/extensi...-for-gnome-36/
    Ty, I shall have a look.

    And this is the thing that really confuses me (from the Gnome3 Staging PPA thread):
    Quote Originally Posted by Cavsfan View Post
    I am trying to be a will participant but, I am not into adding extra PPA's that you already know are going to break.
    But, I have had Raring running fairly flawlessly not using unity but, classic gnome.
    Have Compiz, Emerald, CCSM, the cube and Cairo Dock all working great. The cube rotates in 3D and I managed to put colors on the top and bottom.
    I had to use Application Switcher in CCSM to get ALT+TAB to work in gnome.
    I got VinDSL's conky installed and updated to match my system (and added 13.04 to my signature). ...
    The bolding is mine, but from that (and many other posts on this forum) I 'assumed' that Compiz was a mechanism for adjusting GS.

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