Gnome uses Nautilus as it’s file manager and ultimately the desktop manager. And Ubuntu uses Gnome. I like a clean desktop. But every time I mount a drive, a new icon is added to my desktop. This just will not do. It seems that on at least one of my installations recently I was able to disable them by checking a box somewhere. For the life of me though I can not retrace my steps. Some Googling turned up this which did just what I was looking for, but my memory still fails me.

gconftool-2 --type boolean --set /apps/nautilus/desktop/volumes_visible false
gconftool-2 --type boolean --set /apps/nautilus/desktop/computer_icon_visible false
gconftool-2 --type boolean --set /apps/nautilus/desktop/trash_icon_visible false
gconftool-2 --type boolean --set /apps/nautilus/desktop/home_icon_visible false

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