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From Andrea Pescetti <>
Subject Re: old colored vs new monochrome icons
Date Wed, 14 Dec 2011 08:00:25 GMT
On 14/12/2011 Rob Weir wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 7:38 PM, Andrea Pescetti
> But can someone explain why the icons
> were changed in the first place?  Surely, someone had an argument for
> this at the time?

In the wiki page Pedro linked there's a further link to the official 
explanation page, now dead but still on at

Comments are worth reading too, but the ideas were: making unified ODF 
icons as Herbert wrote (good, but hasn't happened) and get rid of the 
curve in the old icons (you can still find them at ) which supposedly was 
an S and meant Sun; honestly, users couldn't care less about the S.

> You mention flamewars.  That suggests there were two points of view.
> It is hard to have a flamewar where eveyone agrees. ;-)

It was mostly Oracle vs rest-of-the-world (even though probably a large 
percentage of users didn't care much). Especially irritating to critics 
was seeing that the redesign effort (this is the 
redesign effort started AFTER complaints were made, so the redesign of 
the new icons) started with the premise that colors wouldn't come back 
and tried variants on the monochrome design, thus persisting in a widely 
criticized attitude. It was, in a way, a clear fracture between Oracle 
and the community, even if one sees it from a non-political point of view.


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