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Offline Jason Wallwork

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Linux Desktop Environments: Favorite features
« on: February 08, 2019, 12:17:56 am »
I could be totally wrong about this but I think we choose a desktop environment based on aesthetics and if it has particular features that we like.

I was going to start a topic on what our favorite DE is and why but I changed my mind. Instead of saying just what our favorite desktop environment is, mention your favorite feature or features about that desktop environment or even several if they have that feature. This might be a good way to expose to others what features your DE has of which others might not be aware.

What feature or features do you pretty much have to have in a DE for it to be productive and friendly for you?
You don't have to mention them all in one post and maybe you can't even think of many so just start with one if you want.
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Re: Linux Desktop Environments: Favorite features
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2019, 12:36:46 am »
One of my favorite features is program/taskbar preview that is available in the following desktop environments of which I'm aware: Plasma, Gnome and Cinnamon.

When I have several programs open, I find it handy sometimes not just to see their names but what is actually going on in the windows. This is particularly useful when watching progress bars. In Plasma and Cinnamon, by default, it's on the taskbar at the bottom. You just hover over a program and it pops up a box showing a small preview of what is happening in the actual program window. I think in Gnome, you can get something similar by bring up the task switcher.

Another feature I really like in Plasma is the checksum tab in the File Properties window. Right-click on a file in the Dolphin file manager and choose the checksums tab and you can get checksums for ISO for other downloads easily and compare them to a checksum that you paste in. It's shown below. I don't know if this is built into any other DEs but likely you can get an program that does this for you graphically if it's not.
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Re: Linux Desktop Environments: Favorite features
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2019, 12:53:01 am »

On my Mint 18.3 Cinnamon,  I don't get that, checksum tab menu.
When I right click on an iso file, in the default file manager (I don't know if the file manager is Dolphin) I get a menu which has a menu item, "check sha256".  Clicking on the menu item, just starts a process that calculates the sha256 number of the iso.





One of my favorite features is program/taskbar preview that is available in the following desktop environments of which I'm aware: Plasma, Gnome and Cinnamon.

When I have several programs open, I find it handy sometimes not just to see their names but what is actually going on in the windows. This is particularly useful when watching progress bars. In Plasma and Cinnamon, by default, it's on the taskbar at the bottom. You just hover over a program and it pops up a box showing a small preview of what is happening in the actual program window. I think in Gnome, you can get something similar by bring up the task switcher.

Another feature I really like in Plasma is the checksum tab in the File Properties window. Right-click on a file in the Dolphin file manager and choose the checksums tab and you can get checksums for ISO for other downloads easily and compare them to a checksum that you paste in. It's shown below. I don't know if this is built into any other DEs but likely you can get an program that does this for you graphically if it's not.
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Re: Linux Desktop Environments: Favorite features
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2019, 01:43:55 am »
Dolphin is the file manager only for Plasma, I believe. I think the file manager in Cinnamon is called Nemo and was forked from Gnome's file manager, Nautilus. Cinnamon and MATE are heavily modified forks of Gnome.

That's cool that there is even that graphical way of checking sha256 sums which are the most common anyway. When I was using LM Cinnamon, I would just do in the terminal.
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Re: Linux Desktop Environments: Favorite features
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2019, 08:27:34 pm »
I guess from this response nobody has favorite features in their desktop that they want to share. Oh well, I tried, right?
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Re: Linux Desktop Environments: Favorite features
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2019, 08:52:21 pm »
Split view in filemanager - Plasma, Mint Cinnamon.

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Re: Linux Desktop Environments: Favorite features
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2019, 09:35:35 pm »
Thanks for posting, Buster. I like split-view in Plasma, too. Didn't know there was one for Cinnamon's file manager, too (or I just forgot :).
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