About 2 weeks ago, I wrote that the Ubuntu developers were testing a new layout for the Unity dash that removes the gigantic icons.
That update is now available in the Unity PPA and could very easily become official for Ubuntu 12.04.
Note: The new dash also shows “Recent Files” and “Downloads” but since the screenshot is from a new install, there’s nothing there.
How do you like the new dash? I still don’t understand why the dash doesn’t just show all the apps you have installed.