Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd May 2010 22:04 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Remember how Mark Shuttleworth justified moving the window titlebar widgets to the left by claiming the space freed up on the right side could now be used for something else? On his blog, Shuttleworth unveiled what, exactly, Ubuntu's plans are: window indicators, or 'windicators'. In a nutshell, it comes down to having a tray area in every window.
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Pure Awesome
by 3rdalbum on Tue 4th May 2010 04:06 UTC
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2008-05-26

The Windicators are pure awesome.

"Why do you need a volume control in the title bar, Rhythmbox and Mplayer already have a volume control in their window"

Ubuntu supports per-application volume controls through Pulseaudio already. Now you can turn your instant messenger's volume up and down. With a Windicator, you don't need to take a trip to the volume control application. Win!

"We need fewer popups, not more"

Windicators are widgets in the title bar, not popup notifications.

"Why do you want client-side window decorations"

Program's logo in the title bar instead of just text... it's nice eye-candy and it's easier to distinguish between programs that way too.

"What use is it"

I'm using Opera at the moment, on a 22 inch widescreen monitor. There's a bar at the bottom of the window that shows Opera Link, Opera Unite, Opera Turbo and the page magnification. This is using up vertical space. Those icons are not suitable as Indicators (there are too many of them and they don't make sense in a system-wide context) but they are perfect as Windicators. Save some pixels!

"This will all become useless when Gnome 3 comes out"

No, Gnome 3 uses Mutter as the window manager. Mutter is a fork of Metacity, so this could quite easily be ported.

"They should spend money on Nouveau/codec licensing/<INSERT_PET_PROJECT_HERE>"

It's Canonical's money and their power to make the decision. The Windicators will be a very visible part of Ubuntu and I'm sure they will be loved.

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