Mark Shuttleworth just announced the plan for the empty space on the right created by moving the window buttons (controls) to the left: Window Indicators or "windicators".

Window Indicators will be just like the current Panel Indicators: they will have an icon which indicates the state and clicking it brings up a menu.

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Created by nilarimogard 13 years 50 weeks ago
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lozz's picture


13 years 50 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago


Funny thing

My window buttons were on the left, just after I installed 10.04, but now they've moved back to the right, where they should be.

They look a little bit crude, compared with the initial ones, but I'm quite pleased with the revised location, whatever caused it to happen.

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13 years 50 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago


I just can't get into this concept

It's not that I don't like additional buttons on Metacity. If anything, I thought Izo's mockup of a Zeitgeist button for related applications and file uploading was an utterly fantastic concept.

However, Mark Shuttleworth doesn't really seem to know what he's doing with this.

"Hey guys, let's give all applications a little sort of notification area of their own on the Metacity bar."

I'm just not feeling it.

"It'll merge into the panel when you maximize!"

Um, no. I liked the Ayatana notifications, I like the indicator applets replacing the Notification area. But this is just bizzare.

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13 years 49 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago



I don't really care whether the window controls are on the left or the right, although I realise that buttons on the left may be non-intuitive for new users migrating from Windows.

Windicators are an interesting concept, but as always it depends how good the implementation is. I also like the idea of combining the menu bar and window title.

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