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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BeOS!
by cutterjohn on Thu 4th Mar 2010 17:03 UTC
cutterjohn
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BeOS sort of did it that way.

A window title was the little yellow bar just above the main window area, and the control "widgets" (to use Thom's terminology, never ever called them widgets that I can recall... but I digress...) were immediately to the right of the title. So, in most cases the title bar wasn't nearly as long/large as the main window the "widgets" got scrunched up to the left more although displaced from being comletely on the left by the title text.

I think that there were a few other GUIs that placed them specifically on the left as well, but I can't recall what those GUIs were as I, evidently, never used them for very long or only saw screenshots or mockups of them long ago.

In any event, I'd imagine that the "widget" placement will be easily modifiable by themes and I'd imagine that it would annoy enough people that if the end product ends up as on the wiki some user will create a theme package to "fix" it for those who are tied to their "widget"'s positioning. (Personally I prefer to use keyboard shortcuts to avoid mouse tracking... so I doubt that I'll really care excepting for the case of unresponsive apps in linux that also seem to occasionally clog up the entire system which makes clicking the close "widget" a quick possibility of killing the offending blocking app especially if the system is so slow that desktop changes/etc. are very slow. i.e. getting to a terminal, then finding and killing the process... AAMOF I've often resorted to simply powercycling on occasion.

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