Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 2nd Aug 2009 20:12 UTC, submitted by kiddo
Gnome A common complaint about GNOME is that it has a certain fetish for icons. Menu entries, buttons - everything has an icon attached to it which often wastes space needlessly by making buttons larger than they need to be, as well as menus wider than they need to be. The good news (for me, at least) is that the next GNOME release will have all these icons removed.
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Comment by _xmv
by _xmv on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 09:43 UTC
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I suggest Gnome authors try one thing, open the current Gnome 2.x application menu=>Internet
On any decent developer system there will be at least 25 entries.
Disable icons in the menu and add 2 apps to it, so you dont know the exact apps position.
Find pidgin. You have 1 second.

Repeat the process with icons. Reading 25 lines of text is far slower than looking for the purple bird head. I don't think that's even an argument, its just a fact you can't disagree with.

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