Combine the UIs for Virtual Desktop and Activities
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Activities are genuinely useful for some people, but I think most of our users don't understand why Activities exist when Virtual Desktops are something that many of them are already used to. I believe the separation between Activities and Virtual Desktops keeps Activities from becoming more popular. The fact that there are separate UIs for Activities and Virtual Desktops makes learning to use the former an inconvenience.

What if Activities were rows and VDs were columns in the Pager/Desktop Grid? Users can ignore the additional features that Activities provide if they want to, but because they're already using Activities, the barrier to trying out their features is lowered.

ndavis created this task.Nov 19 2019, 6:01 AM

Would that impair a setup that is already using VDs in a 2x2 grid? Asking for a friend :^)
Honestly though, what would happen on desktops that are using said grid? Would Activities be forced in my layout?

Would that impair a setup that is already using VDs in a 2x2 grid? Asking for a friend :^)
Honestly though, what would happen on desktops that are using said grid? Would Activities be forced in my layout?

Depends on how the conversion is implemented. Ideally, it shouldn't impact any users negatively. If it does impact some users negatively, then it should ideally be a minor annoyance that is easy to fix. People who want 3 dimensions of workspace (2D VDs + 1D Activities) may be disappointed, but I doubt anyone actually needs 3 dimensions of workspace. I can't tell you exactly how it will work because I am not yet familiar with the code for Virtual Desktops and Activities.

We discussed this inAt Akademy 2017 and that concern came up. What I recall us settling on was making activities into groups of virtual desktops. Each activity could have one or more desktops, with those desktops arranged in any row or grid.

alexde added a subscriber: alexde.EditedNov 19 2019, 9:15 PM

Do I understand it correctly, that Activities are in principle sets of desktop Widgets and backgrounds?

At least that is what I got from

My point of view is that I'd like to keep by 2D VDs and I am not sure if Activities really bring me any benefits personally as I don't use desktop widgets other than those in the panel.

We discussed this inAt Akademy 2017 and that concern came up. What I recall us settling on was making activities into groups of virtual desktops. Each activity could have one or more desktops, with those desktops arranged in any row or grid.

That sounds sane to me.

In principle Activities also have separate sets of favorites, widget settings, lists of recent documents and apps, app settings, etc. As far as I can tell, the idea is to make it like having a second user account, but with access to your files.