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you can align/save/restore the desktop icons on 14.04 if you are using nautilus as your file manager ... There is a script/app to do this .. Just download Happy Desktop at gnomefiles.org. The script can align the desktop icons to a grid that you define by setting the number of icons per row and icons per column you would like for your desktop. You can fine ...
It is easier to install the version of Ubuntu with your preferred desktop environment as the default. If you install plain Ubuntu, add the package for Gnome (or any other desktop), then delete Unity, it will lead to quirky problems with your interface. So the difference between Ubuntu and Ubuntu Gnome (assuming you want Gnome as your desktop environment) is ...
Since you're using Ubuntu 14.04, you got the repository from Kubuntu 14.04 which doesn't have Plasma 5 yet.
In short: to have working graphical UI you need X server and window manager you can set up X to just start window manager, you choose, without presenting login screen, but then you will be logged in as the user, that runs X (so in most cases iirc root) if you want to be able to log in as different user you need Display Manager (disclaimer: I haven't dabble ...
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