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: Oh boy! Here we go again.
by wirespot on Tue 4th May 2010 22:50 UTC in reply to "Oh boy! Here we go again."
wirespot
Member since:
2006-06-21

I don't think Ubuntu has the power to coerce developers to[...]


Unfortunately, Ubuntu has the power to screw Ubuntu up beyond recognition in just short 6 months from now. Seems like all these ideas converge to making things adhere to a select few people's idea of "pretty", usability and common sense be damned.

The notification bubbles started off with good intentions but they messed everything up by not allowing any customization at all. The activity indicator is also currently messed up and unusable. And instead of stopping and working out these quirks, they rush on to completely modified window buttons and "windicators" (there's an idea born dead if I ever heard one).

There's a lot of useful stuff coming out of Ubuntu but also a lot of bad ideas. And I don't know if whoever's driving these bad ideas will have the guts to stop and say "ok, sorry, we messed up", then backtrack and fix things. Few big collaborative projects manage to do that.

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bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

wirespot speculated...

Few big collaborative projects manage to do that.


The problem with your speculation is that Ubuntu ceased to be a collaborative project some time ago and has become Mark's little fiefdom. Not a bad position to be in if you can afford it and Shuttleworth certainly has the gold enough to make the rules. Only after a while people stop caring about you having the nicer toys if you're going to be a prick about letting them play too...

--bornagainpenguin

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Unfortunately, Ubuntu has the power to screw Ubuntu up beyond recognition in just short 6 months from now. Seems like all these ideas converge to making things adhere to a select few people's idea of "pretty", usability and common sense be damned.

And Ubuntu users have the power to become non-Ubuntu users as replacement distributions spring up like weeds. This is the power of the free desktop: No platform lock in, no brand lock in. Make a mis-step and you could see your user base disappear inside of a year.

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boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

\nod

I've already moved from Ubuntu 9.04 to Fedora 13 and Sidux, mainly over concerns about the suspiciously-like-a-crappy-iphone-app-store application manager they where trying to push over good old Synaptic. At this point, I'm glad I got out when I did.

I probably shouldn't say this, but... this is where we Freetards really start to feel vindicated. If one distributor becomes unreliable or abusive, then there are dozens of other distributors we can switch to, with little effort or loss. We're not tied to the deck of a sinking ship.

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