Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Mar 2011 19:31 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Gnome I have to admit I've been struggling with this one for a while, most importantly because I haven't used GNOME 3 yet; I'm setting up my own little company right now, so time's a little short. As such, all I can do here is cover the arguments given - which, in my book, have both their strong as well as their weak points. Yes, GNOME 3 will not have buttons for minimising or maximising windows.
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Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

I have used gnome shell on and off. Its not too bad of a concept, but it will take a while for the tweaks necessary for it to be more useful than what it replaces.

I think they should have kept the buttons, but changed the functionality of them.

All windows have a z order that indicates where they are in the "pile" of windows on the screen. Have the minimize button decrease the z order ( moving it behind other windows), while the max button increases it ( moving it closer to the top.

Not sure about the max button still. Maybe that can go away. Just clicking on a window should raise it to the top. Not sure what the max button woudl do differently, maybe just move it up one level?


I don't think the whole crazy excuse of " use activities to make things neat and tidy" is a good reason. I don't know what activities I want on a daily basis. They change as new tasks come up. Requiring me to organize them is counter productive and silly. Just like you see a bunch of "untitled.txt" files on some users desktops, you'll see a bunch of similarly organised activities just created because they need to temporarily move the freaking window out of the way. Then they have to find which activity it was in when they have to use it again. All they wanted was a temporary "get out of my way for now " button.

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