[ubuntu-art] Metacity Button Order Changed

Richard Querin rfquerin at gmail.com
Fri Mar 5 18:07:36 GMT 2010

On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 11:53 AM, Dana Goyette <dgoyette at calpoly.edu> wrote:

> Not only are the buttons on the left, but they're not even correct for
> "buttons on the left"!
> What OS X has:    close, minimize, maximize : menu
> What we have:     maximize, minimize, close : menu
> What Windows has: menu : minimize, maximize, close
> As it is right now, the theme will break muscle memory for everyone
> coming from Windows, OS X, and even all other Linux distros (including
> previous versions of Ubuntu)!
Is breaking muscle memory that important? You've just illustrated that
Windows and OSX are different from one another anyway. Mac OS doesn't even
have a separate menu on each window and yet people still seem perfectly able
to switch from Windows to OSX. Perhaps we should concentrate on making the
design attractive, unique AND useful without worrying so much about
providing maximum correlation with what has been done before.

While it's important to look at other systems for context, we should not be
a slave to what the others are doing. Doing that I think we will always be a
step or two behind.

Of course all of this design stuff depends on who Ubuntu is being aimed at.
Is that documented somewhere?
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