I had mentioned my encounter with some new directories in Ubuntu 7.10, the Gutsy Gibbon:
These showed up on an upgrade from 7.04 Feisty Fawn and on a fresh install of 7.10. On installs of previous versions, there has been the Desktop folder, and I’ve kept that around as a special dir that is actually linked to the desktop somehow. (Saved items in ~/Desktop will show up on the GNOME desktop.)
I was put off at first by these, concerned that we might be moving in to the Microsoft territory of “My Documents” and “My Favorites” types of folders, and rigid expectations of where we should put things, but after some investigation they don’t seem like such a bad idea, and they’re not all that intrusive.