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[gnome] how to make a link on the desktop

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Gnome Classic desktop I simply want to make a link to a folder on the desktop. I found these instructions: sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel (which is not necessary since the Software centere shows gnome-panel as already installed) Create new launcher Open the terminal and run the following command Code gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new This brings the following error: gnome-desktop-item-edit: file:///home/david/Desktop does not have a .desktop or .directory suffix Can anyone suggest how to fix this? Is ther (Hardware)