It's time to jettison CCSM

Andreas Hasenack andreas at
Fri Jan 27 11:57:38 UTC 2012

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On 01/26/2012 03:55 PM, Jorge O. Castro wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM, Micah Gersten <micahg at>
> wrote:
>> Because novices are using a power user tool does not mean we
>> should remove a power user tool.  I think attention just needs to
>> be called to the problems that can be caused and what better
>> tools exist for novice users. Places like and the
>> Ubuntu forums would be good places to evangelize this as well as
>> omgbuntu and maybe webupd8.
> We have a power user tool, MyUnity. If it doesn't do exactly what 
> people want then people will file bugs and then people will either 
> write the config option or not.

I'd like to add one example of something simple that seems to be only
available in ccsm.

I haven't seen myunity yet, my upgrade to precise is pending, but I
asked for a friend to check it out and see if it has an option to
change the number of workspaces, and the answer is no.

Now, unless I'm completely mistaken and it's buried somewhere else,
the only way to change the number of workspaces from 4 to something
else is to install this dangerous tool called ccsm.

It used to be as simple as right clicking on the virtual desktop
"bar/icon" to change this with a slider. It got considerably more
dangerous and complicated now.

And I did mess up my system once with ccsm, up to the point where I
had to backup my files, erase and recreate my user.

As everybody said, I don't think the solution is to remove the
dangerous tool, but rather to make the most used options people want
to tweak available somewhere else, within reason, of course. In
particular, in the default installation I should be able to change
something simple as the number of workspaces.

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