I don't use the desktop for shortcuts even on Windows. I don't see why it's needed. It's just a clutter space, it's so much easier to have the shortcuts on the task bar, or start menu... Windows Key + Search works great on Windows and Linux GUI
I honestly like using it as a scratch space for temp files. That said... ChromeOS doesn't have temp files in that way, so even my purpose for it goes away.
yeah, that's true. Since editing a doc is in a webspace - you don't have the choice to really save the file/data to the desktop as a scratch pad... so you just have to save it into the cloud - it forces better behavior.