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[enhancement] Allow files and links to be put on the Unity8 desktop

Bug #1539957 reported by Emanuele Antonio Faraone on 2016-01-30
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This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Mir
Invalid
Undecided
Unassigned
Ubuntu UX
Wishlist
Vesa Rautiainen
unity8 (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned

Bug Description

enable the use of the desktop as in unity 7 . then adding the possibility to put files on the desktop

see this bug

tags: added: enhancement
summary: - enable the use of the desktop
+ Allow files and links to be put on the Unity8 desktop
Changed in mir:
status: New → Invalid
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
summary: - Allow files and links to be put on the Unity8 desktop
+ [enhancement] Allow files and links to be put on the Unity8 desktop
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Vesa Rautiainen (vesar) on 2016-02-01
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
assignee: nobody → Vesa Rautiainen (vesar)
status: New → Triaged
Michał Sawicz (saviq) on 2016-02-02
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → New
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

In case anyone is wondering, in Unity7 it's not the shell that implements this. We use 'nautilus' which takes over and renders the desktop window by default. Although maybe in Unity8 the story would be different...

but is very important!!

Albert Astals Cid (aacid) wrote :

Incomplete in unity8 until UX gives an opinion

Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Vesa Rautiainen (vesar) on 2016-05-06
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Vesa Rautiainen (vesar) wrote :

Unity 7 style desktop has not been on top of our priority list recently in design team but I acknowledge that this feature is something that many users would like to have. So we're looking into this and I would expect this to land in Unity8 at some point.

when?

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

On one hand, I do get it not being part of the plan.

On the other hand, Unity7, Gnome, Windows and Mac OS all have this. It's an expected "desktop" feature to be able to put things on the desk-top :)

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

As a workaround in future you should be able to open the Unity7 desktop file manager in a Unity8 window by:
   nautilus -w -- --desktop_file_hint=unity8

However nautilus is crashing right now. Looks like a simple bug 1603923

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

The nautilus crash is now fixed in yakkety. The only blockers are now Unity8's launching mechanism and general GTK bugs [1].

With that in mind you can use this hack to launch nautilus under Unity8 on yakkety:

  mkdir -- '--desktop_file_hint=nautilus'
  nautilus -w -- --desktop_file_hint=nautilus

It will refuse to resize and be of limited use right now, but it's a start.

[1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gtk+3.0/+bugs?field.tag=gtk-mir

ventrical (dale-f-beaudoin) wrote :

Also works in zesty.

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