Re: desktop drag-n-drop

The idea sounds promising to me - how about some kind of visual hint when a file is dragging over the desktop. For example, if an RPM is being dragged on the desktop, some portion of the desktop changes to show the action to be performed (i'm thinking eye-candy here :). Based on the file type, several options may be available to the user through the small graphical hint box - the hint box cycles through the options, and the user 'drops' the file when the appropriate option is visible. Users could cause the options to cycle more rapidly by wiggling the mouse (or maybe even moving the mouse causes the options to cycle - the faster the mouse, the faster the options cycle).

This would have to be thought out more from an accessibility standpoint though.


Sean Middleditch wrote:

 I was thinking about the whole "Desktop Context" thing, and had a (not
likely) interesting idea.  Probably closer to "completely inane and

 Dragging and dropping certain files to the Nautilus desktop could be
thought of as dropping into/onto the computer.  For example, if I drag
and dropped an image to my desktop, it could set it to my background,
instead of making an icon.  The same could be done for other
desktop-related document types, or perhaps system related document types
(for example, dropping an RPM on my desktop could attempt to install

 Of course, this has several usability implications; it could become a
guess-and-find-out affair as to what packages the desktop handles
specially (for example, if users are used to dropping a program (a.k.a.
rpm) on their desktop to install it, they might assume dropping a source
tarball will install it, versus just making an icon).

 Also, users might not want the action to happen - for example, even if
I know that images dropped on the desktop become my background, I might
want to be able to add the icon to my desktop to the document instead.

 Those two issues pretty much make the whole idea useless (at least, I'm
not bright enough to think of ways around them), but the idea seemed it
might be interesting enough to garner some discussion.  I recall reading
that several other OS' (including MacOS X) doing something similar for
certain file types; not sure on that tho...

 If not using the desktop, then perhaps other kinds of special folders
could be used.  For example, if we have a system:// URI, and dropping
RPM's onto *that* attempts installation, a "My Computer" (or hopefully
something with a better name) icon for system:// could be on the
desktop, so I could just drop RPM's onto it.  Or something like that.

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