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."
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RE: Meh
by kajaman on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 13:55 UTC in reply to "Meh"
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Yeah, cool. What I just would love to see is a place where you can actually have checkbox or something to choose position of these buttons. It's annoying for me, over 10 years linux user to use gconftool with some magick command to do that.

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RE[2]: Meh
by juan de la chingada on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 14:30 in reply to "RE: Meh"
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No. It could make Ubuntu a little less user unfriendly, and Sheldon Cooper might not like that...

Linux must be difficult/not so easy to use to keep it's user base. If non-geek people can use the system, then geeks will not want to use it. I know wouldn't...=)

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RE[3]: Meh
by lopisaur on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 14:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Meh"
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Yes, makes me think about switching to something more obscure...
Eventually I hope we will all switch to Haiku.

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RE[2]: Meh
by BluenoseJake on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 18:12 in reply to "RE: Meh"
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You could try KDE, it lets you specify all sorts of things like window button arrangement.

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RE[3]: Meh
by Morgan on Mon 5th Apr 2010 16:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Meh"
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So does Gnome. The issue isn't whether it is customizable, the issue is sane defaults. I think they made a terrible choice moving the buttons to the left but in the opposite order of the familiar commercial interface that does that. It would have been just as silly to keep them on the right of the titlebar but reverse the order. By keeping them on the left but in a common order, they have (in my opinion) made the best choice possible.

There are times when being different from the mainstream is good, but when it comes to deeply ingrained things like muscle memory, it's best not to make it so unfamiliar people are immediately turned off. The last thing Desktop Linux needs is to turn away new users.

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