After updating to redhat 9, a whole bunch of stuff doesn't fit on my lower panel
because the CD player applet has suddenly gotten huge (a fifth of the width of
my laptop screen). It would be really great if it was shrunk back to normal size.
I posted this on GNOME's bugzilla. It was due too a change in the icons. It
might have been fixed already in version 2.3.0 according to the reply that I got.
UI changes generally need to be done on the gnome.org level, so
closing here. (See description of UPSTREAM resolution.)