Alexander Larsson has put together the xdg-user-dirs stuff, and caused a riot in the process. It's stable code, integrated in rawhide, and seems to be working well. He's managed to do something that we've been arguing about for years, in a cross desktop way, and in a way that is truly configurable for some of the power users that can't change habits.
It's not specifically deciding on common directories for stuff that's making Linux more suitable for the masses, but it is sure a step in the right direction. So Alexander, Matthias and whoever: Thanks, and keep up the good work.

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Richard has over 10 years of experience developing open source software. He is the maintainer of GNOME Software, PackageKit, GNOME Packagekit, GNOME Power Manager, GNOME Color Manager, colord, and UPower and also contributes to many other projects and opensource standards. Richard has three main areas of interest on the free desktop, color management, package management, and power management. Richard graduated a few years ago from the University of Surrey with a Masters in Electronics Engineering. He now works for Red Hat in the desktop group, and also manages a company selling open source calibration equipment. Richard's outside interests include taking photos and eating good food.