Icons "Privacy" and "Backup" are swapped in System Settings

Bug #986898 reported by Ruben Rocha on 2012-04-22
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
activity-log-manager (Ubuntu)
deja-dup (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Noticed the icons "Privacy" and "Backup" in System Settings are swapped. Dont know if this is really a bug but it makes more sense the backup icon being the one with the "back in time clock" and the privacy icon being the "safe" icon.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: gnome-control-center 1:3.4.1-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-23.36-generic 3.2.14
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-23-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu5
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sun Apr 22 16:29:45 2012
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Beta amd64 (20120421)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: gnome-control-center
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
 activity-log-manager-control-center 0.9.4-0ubuntu3
 deja-dup 22.0-0ubuntu2
 gnome-bluetooth 3.2.2-0ubuntu5
 indicator-datetime 0.3.94-0ubuntu2

Ruben Rocha (ruben-silvarocha) wrote :
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, that's not a gnome-control-center issue, the icons come with those software

affects: gnome-control-center (Ubuntu) → deja-dup (Ubuntu)
Changed in deja-dup (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in activity-log-manager (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Michael Terry (mterry) wrote :

That's actually not a bad idea. I'll have to ask a designer when I'm at UDS.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in activity-log-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in deja-dup (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Morlok8k (aoa-supercool) wrote :

yes, i noticed this too.

You would think that privacy would be the icon of the safe, and that privacy would be the arrow around around the clock.

I also think that the sound icon would make more sense if it was a speaker or something, not a knob.

And Online Accounts - i dont know what should replace that.

Michael Terry (mterry) wrote :

mpt, what do you think of this?

Changed in deja-dup (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt)
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

I think either the clock or the safe would be fine for Backup, but neither of them make any sense for Privacy. That needs a new icon -- perhaps a hotel doorhanger, perhaps a padlock, perhaps something else.

Changed in deja-dup (Ubuntu):
assignee: Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) → nobody
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

gnome-icon-theme 3.8 (in Saucy now) includes a 'preferences-system-privacy' icon.


description: updated

Jeremy, I saw this. Are you planning to use this exact icon for activity-log-manager? Won't it be confusing for people who used stock gnome?

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

My instinct was to call the standalone activity-log-manager "Ubuntu Privacy" to distinguish it from the Privacy panel built-in to GNOME Settings 3.8. I don't know what you should do for other distros though.

There are advantages and disadvantages to using the same icon. Using the same icon is easier for theme developers. It would be like an extension to the icon naming spec:

On the other hand, using the same icon isn't good for branding but activity-log-manager doesn't really brand itself currently.

Actually the standalone activity-log-manager is not meant for Ubuntu in the first place. Ubuntu is supposed to use activity-log-manager-panel, whereas the former is meant for non-Ubuntu which don't allow additional panels in System Settings and in non-elementary OS which don't have switchboard. The standalone should just be called "Privacy Manager"

ALM doesn't really brand itself because it it supposed to play along with the OS. zeitgeist/alm is pretty much useless if they have to work separately. It is mostly useful when integrated with OS userspace (applications + desktop shell)

Michael Terry (mterry) wrote :

Backups has been using the safe icon for years at this point. I'm closing this for deja-dup.

Changed in deja-dup (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
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