Linked by Adam S on Wed 30th Apr 2003 07:26 UTC
Linux Lately, we've all read a lot of articles about desktop Linux - so many that it's getting hard to tell them apart. One says "Why Linux Sucks," the next "My Success With Linux." Even Michael Robertson of joined the fun with his "Why Desktop Linux Sucks, Today." But very few people have proposed anything radical, and I believe that's what's needed to take GNU/Linux to the next level.
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"Desktop" directories
by rpg on Wed 30th Apr 2003 14:25 UTC

One of the bad things that linux for the desktop shares with Windows is the anomalous way the user is expected to understand the filesystem.

All of these systems have a directory that corresponds to the Desktop (/home/<foo>/Desktop in KDE, /Documents and Settings/<foo>/Desktop in Windows). I have watched several new users get totally confused by this and the way it violates the directory navigation metaphor. I'd love to see that changed.