When I run "System -> Preferences -> Look and Feel -> Desktop Effects" with
compiz-0.3.6-8.fc7, the main button always reads "Enable desktop effects",
whether or not desktop effects are enabled. It should change to
"Disable desktop effects" when desktop effects are enabled, or otherwise be
Bug 214946 points out that this is a toggle button, and this behavior is
intentional; it is "indented" when desktop effects are enabled. But this is a
usability problem because this is easily overlooked. The Gnome Human Interface
Guidelines recommend: "Only use toggle buttons in groups, so they are not
mistaken for regular buttons."
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Still very present in fedora 9
It is here in 10 as well.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 214946 ***