[VIEW] Ubuntu 10.04 Title Bar Buttons stay on the Left with changed order

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[Master] Window Control buttons: position/order/alignment :

Thank you to everybody who has participated in this discussion.

The final decision on window controls for 10.04 LTS is as follows:

– the window controls will remain on the left, however
– the order will change to be (from left) close, minimize, maximise

The decision is based on the view that putting the close button in the corner will be most familiar to many users, even if the particular choice of corner is not.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is not a comment dependent on the date šŸ™‚

Our intent is to encourage innovation, discussion, and design with the right of the window title bar. We have some ideas, and others are already springing up in the community. We welcome participation on the Ayatana list, where those can play out. This will be a fruitful topic for the design track at UDS in Brussels in May.

This bug is now marked wontfix. Please focus ongoing participation on the opportunities for innovation that this opens up. The decision as to the window controls location and order itself is now final, and as they say in the old newspapers, no further correspondence will be entered into.

My Opinion
I think the idea of moving the buttons (maximize, minimize, close) to the left side was not a good idea in the first place. It contradicts with the default layout of GNOME DE (and hence almost all other distributions using GNOME) and does not provide any value (as of now). Also, doing this starting from an LTS release was not a good idea at all. It is not difficult to adapt to the changes (I already have adapted to the latest mac like changes) for someone who uses Ubuntu as the only OS, but since Ubuntu is widely used in PCs, alongside Windows, it will be difficult for a user to use Windows and Ubuntu. It is easy to have another layout (just by switching to a different theme or following my older post), but still it is not a good out of the box experience.
The other thing that concerns me here is that Shuttleworth said “Ubuntu is not democracy” and trying to turn into next Steve Jobs. Ubuntu is by far, the most popular Linux distribution, but with steps like this, it could turn around very easily.

What do you think?

  • Since you asked ‘What do you think..’ , here are my views:

    I seldom use those buttons on title bar

    I just use keyboard shortcuts for all those..
    Alt+F10 to maximize

    I don’t feel the need to minimize.. I just use Alt+Tab to switch windows or Ctrl+Alt+D to minimize all. And in rare cases, I just use bottom panel to minimize.

    Alt+F4 or Ctrl+Q or Ctrl+W helps me quit almost all the applications.

    So it doesn’t really makes a difference for me..

  • Doesn’t matter

    Bhankeo sunda ta kati garho chha, garna kati garho hola….
    kaha khuru khuru click nagarera Alt ra F10 key thich na jaanu ni…. Alt euta kuna ko F10 arko kuna ko…..
    anyways just my views…

  • Pete

    I don’t like it, suddenly all the developers are using macs and they are trying to copy them, I HATE MACs. It’s just so uncomfortable having to move the pointer to the left especially when you are used to Windows because you are also used to have the taskbar on the bottom so you can’t just throw the pointer up to the X, now you have to actually pay attention to the button you want to press. I already changed the buttons to the right but a new user who doesn’t know how to configure Ubuntu will feel very frustrated, I mean come on at least give us an easier option to change it.