> And generations of users have found it confusing as hell, hence the big dump of files on the desktop you see everywhere. I can handle file systems, you can handle file systems, other people can't, so why be negative when people try help that set of users?.
You know,this line of reasoning has puzzled me ever since KDE4 came out: How exactly is it that the number of files on someone's desktop is somehow an indication of whether a) the desktop is useful or b) the user knows how to use filesystems?
I mean, I code for a living and manage a number of repos with thousands or tens of thousands of files in them, and the are organized in a sane and useful way. But that doesn't mean that my desktop (on Win, on Mac OS, and on KDE) isn't full of random crap. Attachments from emails, downloads, funny pictures I found somewhere, links to programs (on Win at least), it's all in there and for anybody but me it looks like random chaos, but it's not.
And from what I've seen in the usage patterns of the less computer-savvy, it's basically the same: desktop is for random crap that doesn't fit anywhere else, frequently used documents/programs, or urgent stuff. Just because it looks messy to you, that doesn't mean that the desktop's owner doesn't know what he's doing.
I'm not saying taking away file system access is wrong in all cases, but the perceived disorder of desktops is not a very solid justification for doing so.