Finding And Reminding
It is important for a computing environment to provide a simple and effective way to find, organize, and be reminded about content and data. In the past, we've had files on the desktop, and a places menu in the panel, 'special' (xdg) folders, recent files and various search plugins in nautilus and the file chooser.
A detailed analysis and proposal for how to address this problem space in gnome-shell is GnomeShell/Design/Whiteboards/FindingAndReminding.
The current design for an application to deal with finding, organizing and viewing documents lives at Design/Apps/Documents.
GNOME Shell (Florian), Design (Jon McCann), Zeitgeist (Federico Mena Quintero, Seif Lotfy, etc) Tracker...
This feature is now merged with Features/FilePreviewing.
(Historical status follows)
In GNOME 3.0, we no longer show files on the desktop, and we don't have a places menu anymore. We still have 'special' folders, and recent files in applications, and search plugins in nautilus and the file chooser.
There is also a prototype for a zeitgeist-backed, a tracker-backed as well as a hybrid (tracker+zeitgeist) search provider for the shell overview.
Progress and tasks are being tracked in the DocumentCentricGnome page.
How to Help
Please read the DocumentCentricGnome page for detailed information about pending tasks.
A Summer of Code project is being evaluated to implement much of this; ask FedericoMenaQuintero for details.