Desktop icons integration problems

There are many problems with the Desktop icons extention and Ubuntu should probably choose Desktop icons NG instead

Translations are unfinished with Desktop Icon and the menu isn’t coherent with Nautilus.

This is with Desktop icons NG:

Translations seems to be more complete and menus are coherent with Nautilus.

Desktop icons NG is still actively developed, have new options and support Drag’n’Drop with Nautilus. The original Desktop icons development is too slow.

Integration with gnome-control-center would be great too. This has been discussed here: Show Desktop Icons


That’s a good suggestion. If it works better at this moment, it should go in the LTS instead.

NG is a complete rewrite by Sergio Costas who happens to maintain the old extension as well. I think that he should be sonsulted.

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I absolutely agree and I often miss the drag-n-drop feature! BUT this is an LTS release and we’re approaching freeze in the cycle, so it’s highly unlikely for 20.04.

The readme on the gitlab page says:

But it is still an alpha development, so it probably still have a lot of bugs. Use with care.

Once this is stable, we should definitely switch.


It’s an excellent extension for desktop icons in ubuntu because it has the major drag and drop facility. But there still problems. Size of desktop icons are monstarily big for this extension in focal fossa and there is no option for icon size adjustment. And there are still very minor bugs too


The desktop icon extensions are always creates the worst desktop experience ever. Because desktop icons extension and the default file manager has no connection with each other. So, desktop hasn’t even the basic facilities like drag and drop files to desktop. The problem can be solved when ubuntu developers allow the default file manager to handle and show desktop icons because both desktop icons and files are handled nautilus

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Simply use MATE. Do not use GNOME or Unity. See my post in other thread.

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