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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RE: Sometimes, less is less
by siride on Mon 3rd May 2010 23:11 UTC in reply to "Sometimes, less is less"
siride
Member since:
2006-01-02

Fewer pop-ups is what we need, not more. One thing I hate about Windows, or at least the Windows program culture, is pop-up balloons and message boxes. All these do is distract you and rarely provide useful information or effective program interaction. And since Windows is really terrible about focus stealing, these usually end up resulting in accidental actions in the pop up windows, such as hitting OK to dismiss an important error or warning message, or entering text in a new IM window (and thus not for the intended recipient).

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

There are just as many on linux (at least in gnome). The only mainstream OS I know of that doesn't have them out of the box is OSX, and even then, the first thing many osx users do is install growl, which is a framework to provide those notification popups.

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RE[3]: Sometimes, less is less
by _xmv on Tue 4th May 2010 02:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Sometimes, less is less"
_xmv Member since:
2008-12-09

i sure don't install growl and i hate notifications.
i'm ok with KDE ones tho. they're hidden. I click them when i want to see. Most of the time i know what crap it's going to tell anyway.

Like, i just started the computer in the morning:
it's going to say "you have XXX updates available"

or i just updated w7:
"you must restart your computer"

and reboot it:
"you have had xx programs installed since your restart do you wish to see the list?" (no shit?)

Another one..
"you have connected to the wireless network XXX" (yeh.. i just clicked on it you know?)

Oh this one is fun too:
"you have hidden xxx but it's still running, just here!"

can't actually remember of any popup that made sense.

it's actually pretty useless in my eyes. Reminds me of office's clipper dude pestering you all the damn time you know "cause it looks cool and people will like it"
except it's annoying and doesn't look cool at all after a while.

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siride Member since:
2006-01-02

Those are different. Those are passive notifications. Although they are still annoying, they aren't as bad as message boxes and dialogs that steal focus.

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killasmurf86 Member since:
2010-04-27

oh, yee,
on Sabayon linux, KDE is awefull so many stupid baloons..... it just pisses me off


Thank god I use FreeBSD on my desktop PC with custom DE

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