Posted 07 September 2011 - 06:13 AM
I keep stuff on my desktop that I regularly use. I use folders to group "like stuff" so it is easy to find. For example, I have a Downloads folder to store downloads. Since I have two very old lap-tops (donated as the kids bought new) and my desktop, plus I have both Windows and Ubuntu installed on one lap-top and my desktop, it makes it easier to keep track of stuff. If I download a Linux file to Windows, I can get at it from Linux. I also use Dropbox (and plan on using Skydrive). I have folders for "tools", "viewers" (Adobe, VLC, picture viewers, etc.). I have other folders for other stuff too. This keeps the number of icons on the desktop to a minimum and I don't have to scan a long list of stuff to find what I want. In addition, not everything shows up in the Ubuntu Application menus - I have to create a desktop icon and then move it into a folder. Likewise with Windows - I go to the folder and find the app, create a desktop shortcut and then store it in the appropriate folder (some apps do not create desktop icons). Same with WINE (I keep a WINE folder on the desktop plus a WINEAPPS folder for those apps that allow me to install in my directory rather than cluttering up "Program Files".