hi, sorry to bother you with a question. are you using karmic koala? because i follow the tutorial to put text next to icon and didn't work. terminal says that the patch file is garbage. i'm jaunty user
i just searched for "#real_supports_labels_beside_icons (FMIconView *view)" and changed FALSE to TRUE (in the file ~/nautilus-(version)/src/file-manager/fm-desktop-icon-view.c). the patch doesn't work (at least for you and me), because the booleans aren't in line 760 anymore.
How did you manage to display the names and infos next to the icons on the desktop ? I remember trying to display things this way, but the settings never applied to the desktop, it worked only in nautilus-window.
here is explained how to set the labels beside the icons. and for the folder information: i use the 100% (48px) size (because in smaller sizes the information are not shown) with modded 32px icons (changed the size to 48px)