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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whut a big deel
by Laue on Sat 3rd Apr 2010 17:38 UTC
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just use !
that's a power, doin' what ya want from da distro.
wtf?! are u gettin mad for such a tiny thinga ? ...

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RE: whut a big deel
by r_a_trip on Sun 4th Apr 2010 14:36 in reply to "whut a big deel"
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wtf?! are u gettin mad for such a tiny thinga ? ...

The change of the buttons is not the problem. It is the handling of the change and the positions taken by Canonical management.

The change in itself is minor, as today it can be easily changed. However, Canonical has stated they want to put "something" up on the right side. That means that the easy change we have with Lucid Lynx might not be so easy with Maverick Meerkat. The space is occupied by an as of yet unknown new UI element.

The problem I have with this change are the underlying attitudes coming from the company repackaging Debian. Canonical just basically said, shut up, we're going to experiment on the right side and your investment in muscle memory and the resulting smooth workflow is less important than our desire to play around with the UI.

I don't know about others, but I am only willing to change if I'm presented with a tangible benefit to do so. Some handwaving about wanting to experiment with "innovative options" doesn't cut it. You're futzing with my desktop and I'm not going to adapt one version ahead of time without a clear explanation of why we should accept that change. So far it has become clear that Canonical has no idea whatsoever what they want to do with that corner. Mark S. even suggested that some crappy gestures feature could be an option. I hate gestures. If I wanted to wave about in the air to convey meaning I would have become a fscking Mime.

Any company who thinks my time and investment in established UI conventions is less valuable than their need to be different for the sake of being different is sadly mistaken. Debian has turned out to be very configurable after all. It has also opened my eyes to the reality that Canonical doesn't add a lot to Ubuntu but marketing. The only thing Debian doesn't have is a smidge more spit and polish. The rest is a breath of fresh air and it comes sans a lot of the useless hype.

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