That f11 thing with firefox sure makes browsing alot easier, thanks :) here's my contribution:
I have the taskbar line up against the left hand of the screen, you cant really read any of the text for the open programs, but just using the icons is fine for most things. This make more sense because the screen is wide screen and you can spare some horizontal space but vertical space is lacking
I use the virtual desktops to keep everything organized, a very useful feature is to force certain window types to particular desktops. I.e. have one desktop for internet another for music and another for emails etc.
Right click on any windows title bar > advanced > special window settings > Check desktop button > force > choose desktop to force
I agree with the points above about the launch button been stupidly over sized for a screen like this, however instead of replacing it with a smaller one, I choose to get rid of it completely and replace it with simply having a left click on desktop bring up the application menu (similar to how xfce, blackbox or fluxbox or anything would)
The option for this is found:
Kcontrol > general settings > desktop > change mouse buttons to what you want
you can also remove the picture that appears of the side of the menu bar, which will save a little bit more room, cant quite remember where that setting is at the moment.
I also replaced the 'quick launch' icons on the panel for desktop icons and lowered the resolution of the desktop icons to 16
Kcontrol > display > theme > advanced > size
I found the mouse cursor to be stupidly massive so I downloaded xcursor-theme
sudo apt-get install xcursor-themes
kcontrol > peripheral devices > mouse > cursor theme
I also downloaded super-karamba so I could display some of the stats in the background rather than clogging up the 'system tray'. So ive put a clock on the desktop rather than having it in the taskbar
Changing the theme, the widget set and removing some useless toolbars in most programs help as well. Could also change the window border to 0, but this causes annoyances when resizing, but if you dont resize much or dont mind using the title bar then go for it.
edit : typo changed thanks to taras
Edited by _memphis, 03 November 2007 - 04:20 PM.