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Re: address@hidden: bug emacs]


From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: address@hidden: bug emacs]
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 09:27:40 -0500

>     > 1. What is a workspace?
> 
>     You can look at it as "a set of windows" with the ability to switch 
> between
>     those sets.
> 
> I'd heard the term "virtual desktop" but not the term "workspace" for
> this.

I think (back in the days when I was choosing my window manager, many
years ago), "virtual desktop" referred to the ability to have a desktop
that's larger than your screen and be able to move in it.
"Workspaces" on the other hand are separate areas (typically screen-sized
but can be larger if combined with virtual desktops).
The two concepts are very similar but have slightly different semantics.

Virtual desktops are pretty much standard in most/all window managers
these days, whereas workspaces are a bit less common (they first
appeared in HP Vue's window manager, I believe, at least that's where
the author of ctwm took the idea).


        Stefan




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