Am a Ubuntu (actually Lubuntu) user of 10yrs, and Linux user of 20+yrs, but installed Ubuntu MATE (20.04) for the first time on my primary home PC. Coming from a rather lean, frills-free Lubuntu, MATE is certainly a significant setup, so I'm having a hard time getting things setup exactly as I want.
One the things I wanted to understand is what is MATE's notion of Desktop ? Out of the box, almost everything I download or save-to-disk, or any new folder/file I create in my home directory, shows up on the Desktop, and my personal preference is to keep the Desktop clean, although I do like to have the 'Computer' and 'Trash' (only those 3) show up on my Desktop. I tried MATE tweak, have 'Show Desktop Icons' enabled and only 'Computer', 'Trash', 'Mounted Volumes' checked.
Thanks in anticipation.