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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RE: Pure Awesome
by phoenix on Tue 4th May 2010 04:38 UTC in reply to "Pure Awesome"
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"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!


If the application already includes a volume control, why would you want another one stuffed into the top-right corner ... right next to the global volume control? If you go to the top-right for volume ... why not just use the global volume control?

"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.


Program logos are already in the title bar, in the top-left corner. Have been for years. Client-side decorations will lead to all kinds of horribleness in UI-consistency. After all, what's the point of a window manager, if not to manage the windows? ;) Now you want all applications to be window managers as well?

"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!


Or, stuff them into the toolbar. No client-side decorations support required.

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