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

Arthur Schiwon blizzz at
Fri Nov 13 21:49:50 GMT 2009

> I can see your point, but the XDG specs mandate that one.

Isn't it so, that the variable XDG_DESKTOP_DIR should be set? This doesn't 
need to be "$HOME/Desktop", does it? Personally, I set it to Documents, 

(Another curious/annoying thing is that downloading a file with Konqueror, the 
save dialog does not start at XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR by default)


On Friday 13 November 2009 22:10:52 Scott Kitterman wrote:
> On Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:14:29 -0500 Andrea Canidio <acanidio at>
> wrote:
> >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
> expect
> >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
> folder
> >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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