Design and implement workspace creation and removal

Reported by Dario Bertini on 2010-09-15
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This bug affects 20 people
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Ayatana Design
Undecided
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Unity
Medium
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unity-2d
Medium
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unity-2d (Ubuntu)
Medium
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unity (Ubuntu)
Medium
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

As far as i know there's no way to configure the number of workspaces inside unity (aside from tweaking the gconf settings).

In a normal gnome session it's possible to use the gnome-panel applet itself.

In a gnome-shell session the number of desktops can be easily changed on the fly.

but there's no option in unity, and this can be a problem since other applications (like the gnome-shell itself) can change the relevant keys inside gconf, thus leaving the user with a less than optimal (for unity usage at least) number of workspaces (like 1 or 3) and no way of changing it inside the session.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: unity 0.2.36-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-20.29-generic 2.6.35.4
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-20-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
Architecture: amd64
Date: Wed Sep 15 16:43:39 2010
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release amd64 (20100429)
ProcEnviron:
 PATH=(custom, user)
 LANG=it_IT.utf8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: unity

Dario Bertini (berdario) wrote :

 status confirmed
 importance medium

We're going to address this in 11.04, without a settings window, so the
bug would better be titled "Design and implement workspace creation and
removal"

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Confirmed

Thanks for the suggestion. The bug has been transfered to our natty backlog.

Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
milestone: none → natty-backlog
David Barth (dbarth) on 2010-09-17
Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Gary M (garym) wrote :

Looking for a workaround based on the description above, I ran Configuration Editor and found the gconf key "/apps/metacity/general/num_workspaces" -- and this seemed to have an immediate effect during the session.

(Please advise if this is incorrect or if there is a better work-around.)

I've found the method gnome-shell uses (plus / minus buttons) to be extremely intuitive and easy to use.

David Barth (dbarth) on 2010-11-10
Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
importance: Wishlist → Undecided
milestone: natty-backlog → none
tags: added: backlog design
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2011-01-24
summary: - Workspaces settings window needed
+ Design and implement workspace creation and removal
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-02-21
Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Changed in unity-2d:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Medium
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2011-04-22
tags: removed: maverick
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

marked wontfix for natty as the release is in a week and the change was not implemented.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu Natty):
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-04-26
Changed in unity (Ubuntu Natty):
status: Won't Fix → Confirmed
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-05-31
Changed in unity-2d (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

Is this in scope for Oneiric or has this been de-scoped?

John Lea (johnlea) wrote :

My understanding is that at the moment it is descoped, unless Jason Smith's team finish their other tasks in time to work on this item.

Changed in unity-2d (Ubuntu Natty):
status: New → Confirmed
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2012-01-27
no longer affects: unity-2d (Ubuntu Natty)
no longer affects: unity (Ubuntu Natty)
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in unity-2d (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Changed in unity-2d:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in unity-2d (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in unity:
milestone: none → backlog
Angelo Compagnucci (angeloc) wrote :

Workspaces can now be changed in CCSM, under "General Options" > "Desktop Size" > Horizonthal/Vertical Virtual Size.
It works at runtime, and I think that a separate cinfiguration window is not needed anymore, cause this is an advanced task and for this type of task CCSM would suffice.

I think there is no reason why a normal user should change workspaces number and screw up unity.

Stephen Rees-Carter (valorin) wrote :

I disagree, the ability to easily and dynamically change the number of workspaces is a killer feature for those of us who use them a lot. It's the one huge advantage Gnome Shell has over Unity.

Instead of further crippling workspaces in Unity, can we head down the Gnome Shell path and make it a simple but powerful feature? If done right, basic users will not be confused, and power users will be very happy...

Tim Penhey (thumper) on 2012-09-14
Changed in unity:
milestone: backlog → none
Tim Penhey (thumper) on 2012-09-14
tags: added: exbacklog
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