Thoughts on quitting and window controls
eapache at gmail.com
Wed Apr 7 13:36:40 UTC 2010
On Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 9:22 AM, Jonathan Blackhall
<johnny.one.eye at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Why must this be different in Rhythmbox?
>> Think about Rhythmbox as some kind of service running in the
>> background. The window is just a user interface for that service that
>> you can close if you don't need it, without stopping the service.
> Ok, I'll give you that it technically means 'close' the window. My
> issue still stands, however. On most applications, closing a single
> window is synonymous with quitting the application. My frustration
> comes when this doesn't happen. Closing my last Firefox window
> doesn't leave it running in the notification area as a service. I
> understand in theory why keeping Rhythmbox open and running as a
> service is useful. In practice, however, I should be able to fully
> quit any application (at least when there's only a single open window)
> by clicking a single button. None of this "File->Quit" business.
> (Being able to quit an application with a single button even with
> multiple windows open is an interesting idea.) Again, it's
> frustrating when a button behaves one way for some applications and
> not others. And it's frustrating not being able to quit an
> application with a single button click.
> The current behavior can cause a number of problems. As other users
> pointed out (and I have also experienced), sometimes you want to quit
> an application, such as Empathy or Gwibber, only later to find
> yourself still logged in, online, and maybe receiving messages.
> Another issue is with Rhythmbox. This is especially true for newer
> users. Let's say I just click the 'X' to quit, just like I do with
> Firefox or Calculator. I don't notice that the icon is still present
> in the Notification Area. It's not doing any particular harm there
> right now. However, then I shut down my computer and come back the
> next day. I open Rhythmbox, and it starts minimized to the
> Notification Area. I'm sitting there waiting patiently for it to
> open, but it never does. Now you could argue that this is a bug in
> Rhythmbox (and it has been reported), but my point is that it
> highlights an underlying problem of an application not quitting when
> the user wants it to.
> Just for reference, I have a problem with this bug almost daily, and I
> can't seem to teach myself to remember File->Quit to close certain
> applications but not others.
For the record, the keyboard shortcuts are much less ambiguous and
much more consistent...
Ctrl-Q: Quit the application
Alt-Space-C: Close the window
Since I use my keyboard for almost everything I have never run into
the problem you describe in any serious way. It does sound like a
usability issue though.
Just my 2 cents,
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