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[2]: Wow
by r_a_trip on Tue 4th May 2010 14:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Wow"
r_a_trip
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Already having something that works is in absolutely no way a reason for not trying to make it work even better.

Except I absolutely don't see the "better".

Ooh, let's break 25 years of accumulated muscle memory by placing window buttons left. Then propose to duplicate the system tray a gazillion times in all windows, instead of having just one in a fixed place, neat and organized.

Telling Ubuntu users "STFU, Canonical decides where your window buttons are placed!" was bad enough. I could even have accepted that if the thing on the right side was jaw dropping revolutionary, but... the proposal is one big crapfest of useless clutter, multiplied over all open windows.

Let's just throw in some superfluous "new" items like:

Online / offline -- apps that need this already have developed other accepted methods.

“unsaved” -- Every applications I know pops up a warning dialog if something isn't saved and you click close. If you don't know if something is saved and you want to keep it, just hit ctrl + s. (Or do the equivalent clicky/drooly thingie.)

Progress indicators -- Progress pop-up dialogs have served this purpose well for over 20 years.

“basket” -- Online shopping takes place in a web-page and they already have these indicators. No need to plop it in the windowsdecoration as well.

Sharing -- Collaborative suites have far better methods of signifying this stuff.

Volume -- Every app that needs this, already has this.

It feels like Mr. Shuttleworth is really desperate to "un-Linux" his Ubuntu, so that he can pretend to have a different OS than his co-opetition. I say let him have his play. While he is playing, he is not listening to his users or his upstream. Running roughshod over the people he needs to give Ubuntu critical mass will come back to bite him.

One Apple is more than enough.

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