how do I create a URL link on the desktop? On Lucid one could create a URL by right clicking the desktop anywhere and a menu would appear that allowed the creation of a launchpad location (a URL) and once created when clicked it would launch the desired web location. How is this accomplished in Oneiric Ocelot?
The old GUI dialog is still available if you still want to use this:
Using ALT+F2 type
This will launch the old GUI Dialog and you can create a shortcut on your Desktop:
Alternatively, you can install the old gnome-panel without much of the bulk:
You can open the URL in Firefox and then drag and drop the handle at the left side of the location bar to the desktop. Here's a video (attention: loud music): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6RHvH4R2fM
To drag and drop, you move the mouse pointer to the handle (at the left side of the location bar, as seen in the video), then click and hold the first mouse button (the one where your index finger is) and move the mouse pointer to your desktop while still holding the same mouse button. Once the pointer has reached a place on your desktop where neither Firefox nor any other program is visible, you can release the mouse button, i.e. lift your index finger a bit. During that whole operation, do not press any key on your keyboard.
It works in Oneiric with Unity-2D, Natty with Unity-3D, and probably everywhere else, too.
As I won't remember the command the next time, weeks ahead, I created an icon in the desktop for creating launchers ("direct access" in Windows parlance).
The file name is ~/Desktop/makeLauncher.desktop`
The executable is another small file named:
Don't forget to chmod this last file to make it executable.
i tried the assorted drag and drop suggestions. it seemed to work on some web sites but i discovered that i didn't have a link, i had a copy of the web page. on other sites i would have an icon but it wouldn't work until i had gone thru two dropdowns and selected firefox from a list. the gnome create trick above works with some modification. you don't change the type to location, leave it as application. it will have a command box where you type "firefox web site name" (substitute the url of the web page you want complete with the http and : and //). for info i'm running 12.04 ( i don't remember the cutsey name).