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: Oh boy! Here we go again.
by wirespot on Tue 4th May 2010 22:50 UTC in reply to "Oh boy! Here we go again."
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I don't think Ubuntu has the power to coerce developers to[...]

Unfortunately, Ubuntu has the power to screw Ubuntu up beyond recognition in just short 6 months from now. Seems like all these ideas converge to making things adhere to a select few people's idea of "pretty", usability and common sense be damned.

The notification bubbles started off with good intentions but they messed everything up by not allowing any customization at all. The activity indicator is also currently messed up and unusable. And instead of stopping and working out these quirks, they rush on to completely modified window buttons and "windicators" (there's an idea born dead if I ever heard one).

There's a lot of useful stuff coming out of Ubuntu but also a lot of bad ideas. And I don't know if whoever's driving these bad ideas will have the guts to stop and say "ok, sorry, we messed up", then backtrack and fix things. Few big collaborative projects manage to do that.

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