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.