Yes I see that now. Very close, though the Gnome\KDE\IceWM\etc. system shows a row of icons with mini-preview, here I just have some numbers, and I can't rename them.
Little detail? Yes. But it measurably adds to the pain in the rear factor. I have to click a drop-down menu, I see some numbers that give no hint of what's on what, then I click and then it has to do this slide animation.
The other way, I can instantly recognize which desktop I want to go to and have one-click access.
Furthermore, Apple's MO is that they're supposed to care about little details like this, and that's why they're worth these extra money.
And I do love my Mac, but basically they're doing some ridiculous over-engineering to avoid a very simple, easy solution and why?
I wouldn't criticize Linux if it had some silliness like this (and I remember lots of silliness) but this and that stupid Expose thing make it kind of a pain in the rear to use a Mac if any program you're running opens two or more windows.
Though that's not so bad anymore since almost everything's tabbed.