Nautilus desktop support has been removed:
But they left the setting.
These are at least 3 solutions:
nemo) to handle the desktop icons.
Quote from the above link:
- Install nemo from your distribution's repositories. On Fedora, enter
this command on the Terminal application:
sudo dnf install nemo
- Open a text editor and copy the following text into a new empty file:
Comment=Start Nemo desktop at log in
AutostartCondition=GSettings org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons
- Save the text file as
And that's it! Next time you log in, nemo will automatically display
icons over the desktop background. If you don't want to log out, you
can also manually start it using the Alt+F2 prompt to run nemo-desktop
Optional step: In case you want Nemo to behave more similarly to
nautilus desktop layout, you can enable the setting running this
command on the terminal:
gsettings set org.nemo.desktop use-desktop-grid false
(On Debian use
apt install nemo).
On my Debian 10 system I can see that the
AutostartCondition=GSettings org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons line on the .desktop file doesn't change color as the other on
gedit (text editor).
I need to remove that part to use it.
Use an extension for desktop icons, like this for example: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1465/desktop-icons/.
You can use the
There are also
idesk you have to manually set the icons.
It doesn't reflect the desktop folder.
I tried it on gnome and there it works bad.
Why has desktop support been removed?
The desktop was disabled for the default experience when GNOME 3 came
out now 6 years ago, and so far has been mostly unmaintained. I spent
around 3 months of work two years ago to try to save it somehow and
did a rearchitectural work to try to separate the desktop from the
Nautilus app so it won’t affect Nautilus development, and while it
achieved some degree of separation, it didn’t achieve its main purpose
and unfortunately brought even more problems than we had before. Now
it has got to a point where the desktop is blocking us deeply in
basically every major front we have set for future releases.
Also we notice that users rightfully have expectations for the desktop
to work decently, and we acknowledge this is far from the reality and
we are aware that the desktop is in a very poor state.
Full article here https://csorianognome.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/nautilus-desktop-plans/.