This shows how my workstation is set up, and I want to share my way of thinking with all of you :)
The downloadfile contains fullscale, noncompressed screenshots of all my desktops.
I'm running Gentoo Linux KDE 3.3.2 on my Dell 8300 P4 3GHz with 1GB of 800MHz FSB RAM @ the moment. I'm running dualhead with a 19" and a 17" on a single nvidia card with xinerama enabled in USE.
My basic idea is to make a desktop for every group of tasks that i commonly do. I have six desktops like this:
1: Main - where unusual things happens
2: Com - email, IRC, MSN etc
3: Media - music, video, yeah - MEDIA
4: Dev - mainly kdevelop
5: Console - A desktop filled with Konsole
6: WWW - Where I surf around the net
So this is where the trick is:
In KDE I have set up shorcuts that lets me change desktop with ALT+q,w,e,r,a,s,d and i move the active window to a desktop using WIN+q,w,e,a,s,d. I have found some apps that uses the same shortcuts, but it seems to work anyway. I also have some spescials, like amarok always starts up in desktop #3, so I can start it from the shortcutbar (on the first screenshot, main.png). This shortcutbar is always hidden, but always in range as it appears when I ram my mouse to the left of my left screen.
This setup enables me to execute a range of tasks at the same time, as one desktop is lagging I can switch to a nonlaggy desktop and do something constructive, witch means zero waitingtime, my computer can always be used. (of course not, but you understand, if not you will if you try )
The screenshots have some unused space on the lower right, and thats because my xorg.conf pans 1280pxl to 1024pxl on the 17" at the moment :)
So, if you want to, try it out, it's not for everyone, I like to do alot at the same time, and I like that things are ready when I want to use them. Just switch desktop.
BUT, whenever I'm on another computer than my own, I tend to hit ALT+q,w,e,a,s,d ALOT of times ;)