Re: Desktop Thinks its the Home Directory
Have you maybe been playing around with gconf-editor?
Press Alt-F2 and type in "gconf-editor". Press Ok. In the left panel, go to apps > nautilus > preferences.
In the right-pane, you'll see an option called "desktop_is_home_dir". This should have a tick in a box next to it. Click that little box and everything should go back to normal.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.