I just counted Seventy Nine out of a possible 9×18=162 small icons. My teenage son looked over my shoulder and said “Dad, that is a mess; clean it up!”
I have no use for the desk-top; except as a ‘permanent repository’ for ‘temporary files’ – oxymoron ;-).
I use local web-pages to organise all my applications and links. Maybe I could customise the Desk-Top to look like my web-page?
OTOH, my Task-Bar has 12 frequently-used progs (including my autostart index.html) and 4 + 9 icons in the tray.
The Web (Windows, Linux, Mac etc.) the way I want it!