Jeff Waugh jeff.waugh at
Mon Sep 20 18:24:31 UTC 2004

On Mon, 2004-09-20 at 11:17 -0700, Nathan Howell wrote:
> Has there been any discussion about making this nautilus option a
> default in Ubuntu? It seems to be a really good fit with both spatial
> nautilus and the default empty desktop in Ubuntu. (It's my own
> preference as well, so I'm biased, of course.)
> For those who don't know what this option does, and can't figure it out
> from the name ;-) it makes your home directory your desktop.
> I think this is worth considering since it would remove a point of
> confusion for new users. Users don't know what a home directory is
> anyway, and the distinction with the desktop really helps nothing, in my
> experience. Removing either Home or Desktop from the Computer menu would
> be a nice simplification. I think it makes sense to just have all of a
> users' files right in front of them on the desktop when it is visible.

First off, that would mean that instead of having 'special' icons on
your desktop all the time, you'd have very important real folders on
your desktop all the time that you couldn't get rid of. So, we wouldn't
have a clean desktop anymore at all.

Second, there have been numerous discussions about this on nautilus-
list, which go through all the problems with it (that are basically too
long-winded to explain here).

- Jeff

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