Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 20:43 UTC, submitted by kragil
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical has unveiled a complete branding overhaul, redesigning everything from the Ubuntu website to its logos and marketing material. However, what interests me more are the new Gtk+ themes, and even then, I'm not interested in the colour choices and the like. No - what stood out to me right away was not the theme itself - but the placement of the titlebar widgets.
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by Fusion on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 21:24 UTC
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"the new theme places [titlebar widgets] on the left. ... The curious thing, namely, is that the close window titlebar widget is not the left-most one - it is the right-most one!"

The politically-correct/non-committal side of me is also "curious" regarding the justification of this otherwise obtusely apparent design flaw. =)~

The CLOSE button should always be closest to the window corner, since that particular coordinate is the quickest/easiest target for a user to hit... not to mention the most common function a user intends to use of those three. Moving [X] further into the titlebar will undoubtedly slow some of us down (not to mention cause brain farts along the way).

I personally hope this behavior changes by the release date. If it sticks, however, I suppose you can always fix it yourself manually via gconf-editor (apps > metacity > general >>> "button_layout" key; change value to "close,maximize,minimize:menu").

But that's a bit frustrating, as I've always considered UBUNTU to typically have the 'sanest' defaults among the major distros---default theme/wallpaper excepted, of course! (Hey, we can't all like *every* default, right?)

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