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: Comment by filosofem
by Savior on Wed 5th May 2010 09:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by filosofem"
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The only thing remotely useful to me is per-application volume control. But even without those "windicators," it's just a couple of clicks away to, say, mute the browser with PulseAudio.

A "couple" is more then one. Changing the volume of a single application is very cumbersome with the current pulse controls. Not to mention that the sound control may get hidden by the notification area if it is not used often (at least in KDE; I don't know about Gnome).

As for what is useful to implement as a windicator, that's really a tough question ;) IME toolbars (uim, scim, etc) come into mind if per-application mode is set. However, I am sure application writers will find other, application-specific tidbits to put there.

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RE[2]: Comment by filosofem
by sorpigal on Wed 5th May 2010 11:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by filosofem"
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It's not a bad idea to provide some kind of mechanism for this sort of thing, where by mechanism I mean API. Dictating the UI is where I draw the line. Things like this should be exposed by the WM in a manner the WM considers best; could be an additional exterior toolbar, could be inside the operations menu (typically accessed by right click), could be exposed by mouseover on some area of the screen or window, etc., etc..

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