As someone upvoted this post recently, I thought I would circle back. I am using simlinks in all my Fedora systems now.
This just never worked exactly as advertised. It mostly worked, but never completely.
I also use symbolic link with Linux and Windows too. For Windows, it keeps me from messing with the default user shell folders / shell folders path or the need to move the locations. And with Linux, I don't have to mess with the user-dirs.dirs file.
Find it odd you have GNOME at the bottom. Again though, I haven't given them enough or really any time as of late, to have an opinion. GNOME at least was my favorite but they could have ruined it in recent years.
I tried moving us to a TS environment about 4 years ago - I couldn't get past the thin clients 'flashing' on websites that used Adobe Flash. When moving between screens on our EMR of the time the whole window would flash white before going to the next screen. I posted about it on SW... someone posted a reason why (can't recall now). Never had the problem when using a Windows machine as a terminal into the TS.
In the end it worked out since our current EMR strictly forbids TS.