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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by filosofem on Wed 5th May 2010 04:53 UTC
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2010-05-05

The only thing remotely useful to me is per-application volume control. But even without those "windicators," it's just a couple of clicks away to, say, mute the browser with PulseAudio. Once you're accustomed, it isn't really such a PITA.

The problem I have with the idea, though, is the visual clutter that will inevitably ensue. Hey, the taskbar exists for a reason, and now you want to put indicators on the title bars -- and every single one of them? Unless the icons are redesigned to be as minimalist as possible and the number to be aggressively restricted, the desktop will turn to be a mess of icons as each new window opens. Even if you do redesign the icons -- what about customization? Say goodbye to colorful themes!

Personally I encourage Ubuntu users to switch to Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, just better and prettier with a nicer out-of-the-box experience. ;)

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