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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by UltraZelda64 on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 00:41 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

Not that hidden. It took 28 seconds to find. (Yeah, I timed it.)

/desktop/gnome/interface/buttons_have_icons

Want a cookie? It's pretty damn well hidden for someone who doesn't know what the hell the "gconf-editor" is, let alone why they can't just easily access it from the main system menus.

Edited 2009-08-03 00:43 UTC

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by weorthe on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 01:19 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
weorthe Member since:
2005-07-06

System | Preferences | Appearance | Interface

X Show icons in menus

Seems to be about where you would expect it.

Edited 2009-08-03 01:20 UTC

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by Hiev on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 01:24 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

That options doesn't work with buttons.

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by sbergman27 on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 01:47 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

It's pretty damn well hidden for someone who doesn't know what the hell the "gconf-editor" is

They don't need to know that. They need to know what System Tools->Configuration Editor is. And people who want to tweak at that level should learn about it.

Configuration Editor->Edit->Find

Search for "icons" and there it is. Search for anything you want... and there it is. It's easier to find Gnome's "buried" options than to sift through the hodge-podge mess that some other desktops call their regular menus. I'm not naming names, of course.

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by UltraZelda64 on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 02:31 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

They don't need to know that. They need to know what System Tools->Configuration Editor is.

Well, tell me then... how many distros do you see with the "System Tools -> Configuration Editor" menu option actually visible? I honestly don't recall ever seeing it in all the distro hopping I've done, and in Ubuntu, I just confirmed that it's even hidden by default in that popular "user-friendly" distro (that's news to me--I was never even aware of that button). It's either:

1. Click "Applications," highlight "Accessories," click "Terminal"
2. Type "gconf-editor" and hit Enter
3. Blah blah blah...


OR

1. Right-click "Applications," click "Edit Menus"
2. Click "System Tools" in the left panel
3. Click "Configuration Editor" in the right panel to put a checkmark by it
4. Close the window by hitting the "X" or the "Close" button
5. Click "Applications" (left this time...), scroll to "System Tools" and click "Configuration Editor"
6. Blah blah blah...


What it comes down to is... a registry editor type program is NOT something the average person will be able to use easily, IF they can even get to it to begin with. And even then, distros aiming to get marketshare from "dumb" users appear to be more than happy to *hide* options like this from them.

And people who want to tweak at that level should learn about it.

This I can agree with, but it'll be a cold day in hell when that happens. People don't *want* to learn. Yeah, I disagree with that myself, but that's the way people are.

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by Soulbender on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 10:02 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I'm not naming names, of course.


Stop battering XFCE ;)

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