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What's the point of the examples.desktop file?

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up vote 18 down vote accepted

It is a location launcher. A desktop shortcut to a location.

The contents looks something like this:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Example content for Ubuntu
Comment[es]=Contenido del ejemplo para Ubuntu
Comment[fi]=Esimerkkisisältöjä Ubuntulle
Comment[fr]=Contenu d'exemple pour Ubuntu

It just opens nautilus at /usr/share/example-content/

The example content directory is a show case of open source and free culture.

You can read more about example content here. You can learn more about .desktop files here.

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It's fine to delete it. – Garrett Feb 28 '15 at 22:33

It is a shortcut to a folder called examples.It contains Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase and Case Studies.

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