Let us set different wallpapers on different workspaces(desktop screens) in Ubuntu. I am doing this on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.
For this compiz should be installed. If you don’t have it installed already here is howto .
Now open compiz. To do so follow these steps:
Go to System>Preferences>Advanced Desktop Effects Settings OR press Alt+[F2] (OR open terminal) and type ccsm.
This will open a window.
Now click on Desktop Cube. Navigate to Appereance>Background images. Click New. Add all the images that you want to show in your workspaces. Add same number of images as much workspaces you have.
I have 4 workspaces. It is shown below:
Add Background images
Close the window.
Now open gconf-editor. To do so press Alt+[F2]. Write gconf-editor in it and click Run.
Now navigate to apps>nautilus>preferences. And unckeck “show_desktop“.
Now its all done. Check all the workspaces. But you will notice that all the icons on your Desktop are gone and you can’t right-click on the desktop. Don’t worry you can find them here- Places>Desktop. If you save something on desktop they will also appear on that location only. Now this is what you will have to compromise on.
Here is my Ubuntu 8.04 LTS with 4 different wallpapers.
Now to add effects: Open System>Preferences>Advanced Desktop Effects Settings OR press Alt+[F2] (OR open terminal) and type ccsm.
Enable the effects you want.There are however some really important ones to switch on that are worthy of note and will provide an important first step:
1) Under “Desktop” check “Desktop Cube”. There are lots of settings inside this module, but for the time being leave it checked.
2) Underneath the desktop cube checkbox, check “Rotate Cube”.
If all goes well, then holding down CTRL>ALT and the right hand mouse button should instantly zoom you out and display a three dimensional desktop! Mouse around and it will spin up and down and from left to right. The rest, I leave to you. enjoy.
Here are some short-cut keys you can use :
SUPER+SHIFT+DRAG LEFT MOUSE = draw fire
SUPER+SHIFT+C= clear fire
CTRL+ALT+DRAG LEFT MOUSE = rotate cube
CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW = rotate cube
CTRL+ALT+DOWN ARROW = flat desktop
SHIFT+ALT+UP= initiate window picker
CTRL+ALT+DOWN = unfold cube
ALT+TAB= window switch
SUPER+TAB = flip switcher or ring switcher, depending on which is enabled.
ALT+F7= initiate ‘move windows’
SHIFT+F9 = water effect
SHIFT+F10 = slow animations
CTRL+ALT+D= show desktop
SUPER+S= select single window
SUPER+T = tab group
SUPER+Left = change left tab
SUPER+Right = change right tab
SUPER+G= group windows
SUPER+U = ungroup windows
SUPER+R = remove group window
SUPER+C = close group
SUPER+X = ignore group
Hold theSUPER button (Windows key)then select the windows you want to group and then hit SUPER+G.
Here is a sample video of my desktop with rotate cube effect.
I hope this will enjoy Ubuntu and recommend your frends to use Ubuntu Linuz.