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RE: Why does my window fractionate?

Cannon, Andrew C wrote:

>> I'm running Fedora-10 with KDE.
>> Every now and then my window dissolves
>>into several small windows, each corresponding to one of my desktops.
>> I know this happens when I move the mouse over something, but I haven't
>> been able to work out what that something is.
>> It is not a particularly onerous 
>> I just have to click on the mini-window
>> corresponding to the desktop I was in.

> Do you have desktop effects enabled?

I've no idea; how do I tell?

I see in f=>Applications=>System=>System Settings=>Desktop
there is a checkbox "Enable desktop effects" ticked (not by me).
If I click on the "All Effects" tab I see a list of "effects".
"Desktop Grid" is indeed checked in (not by me)
but it does not specify any way of implementing this option
except Ctrl+F8, which actually does something slightly different.
(The mini-desktops are aligned in a grid-like way with Ctrl+F8;
they are not aligned like this when the desktop fractionates.)

Am I alone in finding the whole KDE setup ludicrously complicated?
In my view it is a mistake to offer people billions of options
which would take hours to sift through.

I wish someone would convey to Fedora developers in general,
and KDE developers in particular, the merits of simplicity.
Every option added to an application reduces its usability.

Timothy Murphy  
e-mail: gayleard /at/ eircom.net
tel: +353-86-2336090, +353-1-2842366
s-mail: School of Mathematics, Trinity College Dublin 

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