Personally, I am not keen on desktop icons and I like to keep clean desktop. Having said that, I am conscious that others might want desktop icons. For the time being I think it would be best left as an individual's preference.
Have you set-up idesk on your system? If so, maybe you could post some instructions on how you did it? I am sure others would find it very useful.
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