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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segedunum
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Sadly, I have to agree - with the subject title, but not necessarily the solution.

What he seems to have done is got himself fixated on Mac OS X as the holy grail for a desktop environment, hence the moving of window controls from the right to the left. It can only be a philosophical reason to do that. More space on the right? Give me a break. There was space on the left to put these daft controls in anyway Mark, you dimwit.

However, Shuttleworth can't just outright clone Mac OS X so he has to find himself himself some daft and pointless differences, like these 'windicators', so the cloning won't be obvious.

Frankly, it wouldn't matter if he started using Qt or anything else as a toolkit or starting doing more cross-platform development. This mindset he has got himself into is now firmly deep rooted, and I can only see him digging an ever deeper hole for himself and Ubuntu. Quite how all this deckchair rearranging will allow Canonical to make money out of the endeavour is another matter entirely.

Edited 2010-05-04 17:35 UTC

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