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    back in a different operating system i could have a "web work folder"
    where i could place a link to a drawing program and another link to a
    photo editor, and another link to an HTML authoring program and when i
    wanted to do some "web site work" all i had to do was open that folder
    and up would pop (running) those three applications exactly as they
    were running the last time i closed the folder..

    i could (and did) also have a "writing folder" where there was a link
    to a word processor, a dictionary, a thesaurus, links to previous
    work, etc etc...same thing, when i opened the folder my tools were
    automatically launched....and, when i closed the folder the word
    processor 'remembered' its status while it closed down...and, next
    time i opened that work folder everything launched and was ready to
    continue where the last session ended..

    the various folders one might have for various tasks was limitless..

    is there a way to do that in Linux?

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    Which OS was that?
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    OS/2

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    Default Re: need a "work folder"

    Quote Originally Posted by palladium View Post
    OS/2

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    Oooooo, I did not ask the question, so now there's 6 VW's running, and I'm not going to find it. I did remember the feature. I also remember it could not be stopped; enter the folder, then start the apps as well, even though sometimes I just wanted to take a look.
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    That's impressive, especially going so far back. Wouldn't mind something like that in KDE4 either: that would be a real purpose for "Activities" rather than just different backgrounds and plasmoids...
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    If you shutdown with some apps running, you will find them running when you start the next KDE4 session. I know because I've done it by accident but I don't know to how many this applies.

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    Knurpht wrote:
    > I did remember the feature. I also remember it
    > could not be stopped; enter the folder, then start the apps as well,
    > even though sometimes I just wanted to take a look.


    well yes....when the folder was opened it _always_ reflected the
    status of the contents when the folder was closed..

    so, if you closed the folder with all (or just some of) the contents
    closed, then that is the way it would open..

    the idea is like you are working a project with several applications
    in a work folder, and to stop working you just close the folder..

    when ready to work, open the folder and all applications for _that_
    work will be as they were when you last used them..

    if you wanted to "just take a look" at any one of the applications
    within a folder, or the work done in that app, then you could sure do
    that by opening _that_ application (not the folder)..

    i found it very convenient to have a folder for several ongoing tasks
    (for example) Taxes, Accounts, WebDesign, Stocks, Photos etc etc..

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    > That's impressive, especially going so far back.

    yep, OS/2 was powerful, stable, multi-tasking...yet murdered by our
    friends in Redmond..

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    I'm not a programmer but it shouldn't be impossible to do. In fact, that's how I use Virtualbox: as I only require XP for one or two applications but not as a general computer, I tend to save its "state" rather than shut it down normally. Which means that next time I start it, it resumes exactly where I left off: with the application running and the data files loaded. Now imagine Virtualbox offering a choice between restarting the saved state, or restarting XP full stop, and you're close to what you're suggesting...
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    gminnerup wrote:

    > Virtualbox ... restarting the saved state


    good idea...now to find a roundtuit!

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