Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 184182
Usability problem in Gnome the desktop environment
Last modified: 2008-05-06 11:34:58 EDT
Description of problem:
There is a slight usability problem in Gnome that really should be fixed in a
The problem is that the users Desktop folder doesn't conform to the spatial
behaviour used everywhere else in Gnome. According to this model a folder should
only be visible in on place, and act like if it was a real paper folder you can
hold in your hand.
This is not true for the Desktop folder, a user can open the Desktop folder as a
nautilus window and see the same file twice (on the desktop and in the folder).
This means that a user could be lead to believe that he have duplicate files,
and perhaps even delet one (or as he later find) both of them to save space.
There are two ways to solve this:
1) The Desktop folder could be hidden by using a .hidden file in the home
directory. That would also solve another problem. Today the name of the Deskop
folder as it appears in Nautilus is not internationalized. It is called Desktop
regardless of locale. In every other place where the Desktop is referenced, it
is done in an internationalized manner. This further increases the risk that the
user will think he have duplicate files. E.g. how is a Swedish speaking person
to know that what he have on his "Skrivbord" is the same thing as what he has in
his Desktop folder in Nautilus.
2) Display the dekstop folder using the same type of icon as used for open
folders and make sure that if the folder was double clikcked the real desktop
shoud be active. In this case, active would mean hide all other windows. The
name of the folder should be translated. Preferably the translation should be
done by makeing use of .desktop files. This way ths name Desktop could still be
I would prefer the first solution where the folder was hidden. It worked well
for MacOS-9 that also used the spatial paradigm. If done by by using a .hidden
file in the users home directory it would be easy to get the old behavior back
without any advanced programming. It would also leave KDE unaffected which is
good as KDE uses a navigaional desktop model that have no problem displaying
a folder multiple times.
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