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?
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.
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…
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.
> 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…
> That’s impressive, especially going so far back.
yep, OS/2 was powerful, stable, multi-tasking…yet murdered by our
friends in Redmond…
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…
> Virtualbox … restarting the saved state
good idea…now to find a roundtuit!
Those were the days. To go seriously off-topic here: I heard rumors that IBM would open-source OS/2. Did that ever happen?
> Those were the days. To go seriously off-topic here: I heard rumors
> that IBM would open-source OS/2. Did that ever happen?
no, IBM can’t release because M$ worked on it (in partnership with
IBM) and Redmond still has copyrights in the code that they will NEVER
On Mon, 30 Nov 2009 08:36:01 GMT, john hudson
>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.
Every thing i use comes back except for applications inside wine.
john hudson wrote:
> If you shutdown with some apps running, you will find them running when
> you start the next KDE4 session.
but that is not the same thing as i’m talking about…i’d like to be
able to NOT shut down KDE, but rather close a work folder (and open
another), then when reopening it, all the work is laid out ready to
I suppose you could go some way towards it by using KDE4 “activities”, folder view plasmoids and KDE4’s ability to save its current states: while KDE remains running, so would your various projects, and after a restart most of your working environment would indeed be restored.