Use "desktop" in a disambiguous way: get rid of the desktop folder

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Fri Nov 13 21:10:52 GMT 2009

On Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:14:29 -0500 Andrea Canidio <acanidio at> 
>Hi Everybody,
>thanks to the folder view plasmoid, now the Desktop folder does not need 
to be 
>on the desktop anymore: one could have the Home directory or the directory 
>corresponding to the project he is working on in that period.
>Therefore thinks like "show the Desktop" become ambiguous: a user may 
>Dolphin to open and show the desktop folder. There are several other cases 
>where I think this is an issue, like "save to Desktop": meaning, in the 
>that I have currently on the Desktop or in my Desktop folder?
>It seems to me that in Kde4 the Desktop folder is just a regular folder. 
So to 
>avoid confusion, perhaps we should eliminate it, or call it something else.

I can see your point, but the XDG specs mandate that one.  From just a KDE 
perspective, another name might make sense, but I think for Free Desktop 
compatibility, we need to stick with it for now.

I think the first step for this is at

Scott K

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