Why .deb packages never add desktop and start menu shortcuts, even if installed software is graphical UI only?

Sorry if it’s a lame question but why installing software from .deb package never seems to add any shortcuts to desktop and start menu, even if installed software is a graphical UI program?

For example, try installing Chrome on fresh Ubuntu 20.20. You go to official chrome page where it will point you to the latest .deb package. Great. You download and install the package. Perfect. But then what?

No shortcut on desktop, no icon in start menu and -if you happened to close the package installer window – you even have no clue where the software was installed.

Is this fundamentally impossible due to some technical limitations of the package manager or is it just laziness of package creators which don’t care about auto creating those launcher shortcuts on desktop?

I’ve just installed new Ubuntu, installed Chrome and was puzzled how counter-intuitive and user-unfriendly the whole process is. I had to 1) find where the stuff from .deb was physically installed 2) create launcher manually 3) assign an icon to the shortcut manually.

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Author: PawelRoman