I just installed the Blender 2.8 beta. It did not create a shortcut. How can I create a short cut on the desktop?
In Windows right click the exe. file (what you click to open Blender). From drop down menu find "send to". With the pointer on "send to" you will see "desktop (create shortcut)"... click it. In Linux (Debian derivative in my case) it is much the same. Right click the file in the folder where the Blender exe. file is and "send to" / desktop (create link). Easy peasie.