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    Default how to get Plasma Netbook Workspaces in 11.3?

    I've been fooling around with Gnome-Shell for a while now, which fits nicely on my small-screened (12") laptop, but the openSUSE 11.3 version has proven less-than-stable for me.

    Now I am interested in the Plasma Netbook Workspaces, which looks intriguing...

    The question is, [ 1 ] to install it (which I can do from Plasma Netbook Workspace - openSUSE, but the documentation is rather sparce), do I need to run MeeGo, or can I take a stock installation of openSUSE?

    I don't have much luck installing openSUSE via DVD (or DVD image via USB) so I am thinking of installing via the KDE Live CD and then install the Plasma Netbook Workspace.

    This is basically how I installed Gnome-Shell (install from the Gnome Live CD, then install Gnome-Shell).

    Once it is installed, [ 2 ] how do I turn it on? Will it be an option in the login screen?

    I'll admit, though, I am more of a Gnome guy, but going to Gnome-Shell may be a half-step towards something like this.
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    Default Re: how to get Plasma Netbook Workspaces in 11.3?

    Hello dragonbite,

    Quote Originally Posted by dragonbite
    The question is, [ 1 ] to install it (which I can do from Plasma Netbook Workspace - openSUSE, but the documentation is rather sparce), do I need to run MeeGo, or can I take a stock installation of openSUSE?
    AFAIK it's installed by default.

    Quote Originally Posted by dragonbite
    Once it is installed, [ 2 ] how do I turn it on? Will it be an option in the login screen?
    To turn it on just login as usual.
    Launch Configure Desktop/Personal Settings through your kickoff menu.
    Select the tab General.
    Click on Desktop->Workspace.
    On your right you'll see a pull-down selection labeled "Form factor:".
    Click on it and select "Netbook" and then click on the apply button.
    There's no need to log-in and log-out.

    Good luck!
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    Default Re: how to get Plasma Netbook Workspaces in 11.3?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edward_Iii View Post
    Hello dragonbite,


    AFAIK it's installed by default.


    To turn it on just login as usual.
    Launch Configure Desktop/Personal Settings through your kickoff menu.
    Select the tab General.
    Click on Desktop->Workspace.
    On your right you'll see a pull-down selection labeled "Form factor:".
    Click on it and select "Netbook" and then click on the apply button.
    There's no need to log-in and log-out.

    Good luck!
    That sounds like it is able to run in a Live CD Session! Now I can't wait to download the Live CD!
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    Default Re: how to get Plasma Netbook Workspaces in 11.3?

    I just did a Netinstall and installed KDE version of openSUSE 11.3. As you said, the option for the netbook is right where you told me, thanks.

    Now I just need to figure out how to get it to be how I like it.
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    Default Re: how to get Plasma Netbook Workspaces in 11.3?

    Just for quick reference, because it is a bit of a learning curve for me coming from usually using Gnome;

    To add an application to the "Favorite" bar, click on the star over the top-left portion of the icon in the search/launcher portion. It took me a bit to figure that out, but now I am setting up for what I plan on using and it is helping.

    The other thing that takes a little bit to get used to is that is the lack of the title-bar or application list.
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