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History of virtual desktops[edit]

A whole part of the history of virtual desktops is missing here. Rooms was not the first system to have virtual desktops. As hinted at in the article the 'Room' system by Chan was created around the same time. But 'viewers' in Cedar also supported a fixed number of workspaces. 'Projects' in Smalltalk-80 were also conceptually similar. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Steven Jeuris (talkcontribs) 22:34, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

should yod'm be added to the list for Windows?[edit]

Also for the x-win section

   * Beryl
   * Compiz
   * Toy'd



May I suggest that some one include 3dna (serach for it in google I don't like it but it at least deserves mention as somthing non os that is original. 09:13, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

Merge proposal from Virtual window manager into Virtual desktop[edit]

Hello. I'm proposing this merge because although they're not exactly the same, both articles seem to cover very similar territory. (A Virtual window manager is a path to one type of virtual desktop.) I'm also not sure how the Virtual Window Manager article could really be expanded without covering a lot of information that should really be in the Virtual desktop article anyway. I asked about this on the Virtual window manager talk page, and received no comments, so if nobody here has any thoughts about it, I might just go ahead and do it. Izogi 21:02, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

I think it would be better to try to merge Virtual Window Manager into Window Manager, rather than into Virtual Desktop. A Virtual Window Manager is a specialized Window Manager, and makes no sense outside of the X Window System context. Jonabbey 22:54, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

Good point and now I agree. I hadn't even realised the X window manager article existed. I'll adjust the merge pointers. Thanks. Izogi 23:23, 7 August 2006 (UTC)
These comments are outdated as the Window Manager article is now cross-platform. Redirected Virtual Window Manager to Virtual Desktop as they are very similar concepts. twilsonb (talk) 14:50, 15 March 2010 (UTC)

Amiga reference[edit]

I don't think it's entirely fair to cite Intution's support for draggable screens (which is the only thing I think the editor could possibly be referring to in AmigaDOS 1.x) in the virtual desktop context, as one could not display arbitrary windows on alternative screens, and such screens were usually used for the purpose of custom displays taking up the entire displayable area.

I don't believe there's really any good analog for what the Amiga did with its draggable screens in modern systems.. being able to alt-tab away from a Windows program which is taking up the full screen might be kind of close, but there's obviously no ability to display partially overlapping screens of differing resolutions. Jonabbey 22:52, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

Attention please: "AmigaDOS" it is only the command line interface and a single module of entire AmigaOS. In 1.x arbitrary windows on alternative screens were not implemented yet. From AmigaOS 2.x there was the possibility to create "public" screens in which windows from other programs could be hosted in the screen. Display area into Amiga screens could be smaller than the entire screen size, as for example on screens with Overscan feature enabled. And this from the very beginning of Amiga history.

Regarding Modern Amigas: these could even drag screens due to discovering of undocumented features into graphic cards, and thanks to some minor tricks in the coding of the dragging feature.

By the way. Excuse me for all the mess I wrote about Amiga. I am not english spoken user and I am writing facts and characteristics by trusting only my memory and I often found dead links when I tried to find again my sources. Many Amiga related sites diappeared thru these last 5 years. Sincerely, --Raffaele Megabyte 14:56, 20 December 2006 (UTC)


I got here from swm. A lot of stuff in this article appears to have been sentences added where someone thought of them ... three paragraphs of text in the external links section, that sort of thing. I've reshuffled stuff and rewritten the intro to try to be a sensible standalone intro to the concept. I recommend reading the swm paper - first I'd heard someone claiming "Virtual Desktop" as a trademark. I deleted the Unix external links - those are all X (so not necessarily Unix), and WMs without virtual desktops are the exception, so the links aren't useful to the reader - David Gerard 20:14, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

Virtual versus physical screens[edit]

I think the claim that Amiga OS introduced virtual screens larger than physical screens in 1985 is false. The feature first appeared in Kickstart 2.0x which was released in 1990. I'm changing the year. For release dates, see [1]. Kickstart 1.1 which was available in the end of 1985 did not support it. Shd 12:52, 13 October 2006 (UTC)

This article needs a *lot* of cleanup[edit]

The language in this article is quite bad and ungrammatical -- I cleaned up some of it, but it needs much more editing.. -mssgill) (Nov 26, 2006)

Wouldn't it make more sense to use good gramer when you say that? Effilcdar 09:10, 1 March 2007 (UTC)


The External link section is a linkfarm, in violation of WP:NOT#LINK. I'm changing them all to internal links, then moving any of these internal links that are valid to a See also section. --Ronz 17:03, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

Good move. It would also be good to instead link to some external comparative review of these pieces of software, if any can be found. Tizio 17:24, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
Thanks. Good idea about a review. I tried a few different searches and came up empty. --Ronz 17:29, 30 March 2007 (UTC)


Groklaw currently has an article discussing a patent infringement lawsuit involving the subject of this article. As noted in one of the Groklaw posts, this article refers to a US patent no. 5,533,183 as covering the original work at Xerox. However, the patent referred to in the article appears to be based on an earlier Xerox patent (US 5,072,412) by the same inventors. Perhaps the earlier patent would be more appropriate to cite. It might also be worthwhile including a section on the lawsuit because it will probably become quite notorious. GL Thread. Canberran 09:26, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

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BetacommandBot (talk) 20:49, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

Microsoft Power toys[edit]

Get a look at [2] when you say that microsoft does not have a virtual desktop app.

'tagging' in tiled window managers such as dwm doesn't refer to the concept of opening a particular application on a particular workspace[edit]

From the article:

"Some window managers such as dwm support "tagging" where applications can be configured to always launch on a particular, named desktop, supporting automatic organization and easy navigation."

This is not correct. 'Tagging' refers to the concept of having one X client displayed on multiple workspaces, ie. when one single instance of Pidgin is displayed on workspaces 2, 7 and 9, it is said to be 'tagged' with workspaces 2, 7 and 9. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:38, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

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