Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Apr 2010 17:30 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Common sense has prevailed (see bold text)! "The final decision on window controls for 10.04 LTS is as follows: the window controls will remain on the left, however the order will change to be (from left) close, minimize, maximise. The decision is based on the view that putting the close button in the corner will be most familiar to many users, even if the particular choice of corner is not."
Thread beginning with comment 416767
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
To put them back...
by Toonie on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 07:23 UTC
Toonie
Member since:
2007-11-19

... just open a terminal window and enter:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string menu:minimize,maximize,close

Regards,
Toonie.

Reply Score: 0

RE: To put them back...
by Fettarme H-Milch on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 08:26 in reply to "To put them back..."
Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

... just open a terminal window and enter:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string menu:minimize,maximize,close

That's approachable...

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[2]: To put them back...
by benmhall on Sun 4th Apr 2010 00:39 in reply to "RE: To put them back..."
benmhall Member since:
2006-03-08


-----
... just open a terminal window and enter:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string menu:minimize,maximize,close
-----
That's approachable...


You know, this really bothers me. In KDE/Windows, there are a million GUI options and people (rightly, in my opinion) complain that the UI is confusing and inconsistent. In MacOS, almost nothing is configurable using GUIs. Despite this, you can often edit a .plist or .xml file to do what you're looking to do. No one complains about this in MacOS. On the contrary, people celebrate MacOS's consistent and simple UI.

Personally, I prefer editing a file to gconftool but both are details. The point for the celebrated Mac UI is to have sane defaults and a simple UI. Gnome is attempting the same approach with gconftool and people complain that this is too onerous. I miss editing simple text files but gconftool is a logical extension of this. I miss some of the particular GUI options that I would use but, on balance, Gnome is greatly simplifying the Linux UI, making it consistent, and, through gconftool, is still providing tinkerers with the option to do so.

So, what do you want? A million trivial options in the UI, or something like gconftool? Pick one.

Edited 2010-04-04 00:41 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE: To put them back...
by Morgan on Mon 5th Apr 2010 16:36 in reply to "To put them back..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Or you could just use gconf-editor. It's not as good as a dedicated panel in the Customize window, but it's miles ahead of command-line arcana.

Reply Parent Score: 2