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Posted Mar 26, 2010 14:50 UTC (Fri) by iabervon (subscriber, #722)
Personally, I've got a menu button which I double-click to close in the upper left, a button next to it to send the window to the back in stacking order, the title, a minimize button, and a maximize button in the upper right. The only one of these I regularly use is the menu menu, which I double-click and sometimes use the "stay on top" item from the menu. I normally minimize with shift-left-windows, and maximize with left-shift-right-shift, which don't require me to aim at fiddly little buttons.
I don't think that my customizations would make good defaults, but I think that it would be a great point in favor of Linux if the time that office workers spend personalizing their desktops extended to functional improvements in their individual work flows.
Posted Apr 2, 2010 14:29 UTC (Fri) by jzbiciak (✭ supporter ✭, #5246)
I actually agree with this statement by and large. I consider myself something of a UNIX and computer geek, having hacked all my own config files inside and out 17 years ago when it was something "fun" to do. These days, I've got bigger fish to fry, and having to figure out how to move the buttons around my window is not something I know how to do, or feel like I should have to figure out how to do.
I'd be rather annoyed if they didn't give me a friendly GUI for undoing their decisions, seeing as those buttons have been in that position for quite a long time. I have a lot of muscle memory built up and other computers I whose buttons won't be moving. It sounds Ubuntu won't be offering such a GUI, though. I guess I'll just have to be annoyed. (I'll also have to come back here for the magic incantation on how to fix it.) It'll be like the [Ctrl] vs. [Caps-Lock] keyboard layout issue all over again, with one keyboard with [Ctrl] at the left, and the rest with [Caps-Lock] there. ("xmodmap" to the rescue, in that case.)
BTW, your comment did remind me of an old Dilbert comic. *chuckle*
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