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Bug 61521 - The Default Applications icon looks like the classic installer icon
The Default Applications icon looks like the classic installer icon
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 397312
Product: adwaita-icon-theme
Classification: Core
Component: general
Other Linux
: Normal minor
: ---
Assigned To: Jakub Steiner
Jakub Steiner
Depends on:
Reported: 2001-10-01 20:24 UTC by Seth Nickell
Modified: 2008-04-19 17:22 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: 2.11/2.12

quick fixup of the old one (3.99 KB, image/png)
2002-01-24 19:10 UTC, Jakub Steiner

Description Seth Nickell 2001-10-01 20:24:52 UTC
The Default Applications icon looks like the classic installer icon. The
imagery of the floppy and the CD communicates installation more than
"selection of applications to fufill particular tasks". The name is also
not clear. We are having trouble suggesting a better name / icon, but the
current ones really don't work. We would love to work with an artist
towards designing a better name & icon for this.
Comment 1 Luis Villa 2002-01-24 17:26:31 UTC
Jakub, are you going to have any time to look at this? Will tig?
Comment 2 Luis Villa 2002-01-24 18:35:42 UTC
Just doing some tagging of files I've already triaged. Filter on 'luis doing
GNOME2 work' to get rid of the spam.
Comment 3 Jakub Steiner 2002-01-24 18:57:04 UTC
I'm unable for figure out something better. I asked Seth Nickel,
Suzanna Smith for help but they didn't help either. Suggestions?
Comment 4 Jakub Steiner 2002-01-24 19:10:10 UTC
Created attachment 6505 [details]
quick fixup of the old one
Comment 5 Seth Nickell 2002-01-27 10:13:31 UTC
Its a bit cluttered, but the best icon I can think of for now would be
to show a few very "application-y" looking mini-images.

For example: "a notepad, an envelope, and a globe". Its better if they
don't look connected and cohesive (for example, different elements
might be coloured somewhat differently rather than trying to mesh them
tightly as you would usually do), to emphasize the idea that its a
montage of applications behind the icon.

Most linux applications don't come in a box... I think that may be
part of the problem with the current imagery used to depict
"applications". Boxes still make me think "installation", though not
so much as the CD did.

I've recommended to jrb who's working on the capplet that it also be
rennamed "Preferred Applications", which a small scale usability test
showed to be more intelligable than "Default Applications" (though
still not really up to par).

I don't think this is critically important for GNOME 2, but it still
might be nice to have if you have time.
Comment 6 Seth Nickell 2002-01-27 10:15:24 UTC
Oh, if you stick with the "fixup of the old one", can I suggest that
each box be a different colour? Those remind me of RedHat boxes
awfully much, and changing the colour and look of two of them might do
away with that problem as well as emphasize that there are multiple
application preferences behind the icon.
Comment 7 Luis Villa 2002-04-10 02:53:40 UTC
Updating all cc bugs that have the GNOME2 keyword set to the GNOME2.0 milestone,
to help jrb triage/prioritize cc bugs. Filter on 'luis doing GNOME2 work' to
ignore this spam.
Comment 8 Luis Villa 2002-11-07 14:38:42 UTC
SPAM as discussed last night. Search for 'SPAM as discussed last night' to catch
these all and delete them. :) 
Comment 9 Jakub Steiner 2003-02-11 22:16:16 UTC
One other idea may be using the icon for favourites combined with the
one for executables -
Comment 10 Andrew Sobala 2003-02-11 23:22:49 UTC
How topical: Happy Valentine's Day to you too :-)
Comment 11 Seth Nickell 2003-02-13 03:43:52 UTC
I like the idea of using the favorites icon.... Maybe not with the
executable icon though (since ideally people would never really see
that... since it only really shows up if you're looking at the files
in */bin). Its good food for thought, maybe in combination with
something else.
Comment 12 Andrew Sobala 2003-09-25 15:45:20 UTC
Reassigning preferred applications bugs into the component that, for some
reason, didn't exist until now. Filter for "Andrew doing reassignment work" to
get rid of this e-mail spam.
Comment 13 Christian Neumair 2004-07-20 18:02:56 UTC
Any news?

Comment 14 Sebastien Bacher 2005-01-17 22:54:40 UTC
ping ?
Comment 15 Sebastien Bacher 2005-07-31 13:13:30 UTC
reassigning to gnome-icon-theme, this bug is about
gnome-settings-default-applications icon
Comment 16 Lapo Calamandrei 2007-07-07 13:45:59 UTC
Isn't this one obsolete now?
Comment 17 Thomas Wood 2008-04-18 23:15:49 UTC
There is a suggestion for a new icon in bug 397312.
Comment 18 Rodney Dawes 2008-04-19 17:22:50 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 397312 ***