Thanks for the update bimse, it's good to know what will happen to Cinnamon in the near future.
zerozero wrote:cinnamon 1.8 is going to be stellar
one of the features i particularly like about the new cinnamon-settings is the dual-mode display:
normal mode / advanced mode
Actually I'm not so sure about this one: usually UI development guidelines (see f.i. the original GNOME 2 HIG) tend to deter from using the Normal / Advanced dichotomy. Quite frankly, I don't see any compelling reason for an Advanced tab here: it doesn't seem that mouse, keyboard, effects, extensions etc. are to be considered advanced in any sense; that might be true of User accounts, but it's not really something unheard of.
In short, it seems to me that the reason for the Advanced view is to have less clutter in the Settings window: you could solve this problem by simply splitting Preferences in two separate categories: Desktop (everything that's visible on the desktop: applets, extensions, panel etc.) and System (more system-wide settings: user accounts, languages, default programs etc.). And adding all remaining Advanced view icons to their section.
I hope that at least the settings window will remember which view was chosen last time it was opened, because it would be frustrating to have the dumbed down version open every time.