Usability of compiz defaults, Fitts' law and GNOME buttons

Toby Smithe toby.smithe at
Thu Oct 5 17:21:47 BST 2006

On Thu, 2006-10-05 at 08:45 +0100, Sitsofe Wheeler wrote:
> (I am going to repeat the contents of the bug,
> , I filed
> on this here)
> The corners of the screen are already being used on a default Ubuntu
> GNOME install so compiz should not default its effects to them.
> Fitts law says that the corners are a good place to position things
> (infinitely deep in two dimensions - can't overshoot because the pointer
> becomes "trapped") and it seems that Ubuntu has taken that to heart by
> placing things in each of the four corners of the screen (from the top
> left going clockwise: main menu, log off button, recycle bin, minimize
> all/show desktop).
> A default install of compiz on Edgy has set up various effects on these
> corners too, which conflicts with the buttons already there (e.g. I go
> to hit the log off button and wind up activating scale windows instead).
> The only feature that could possibly be set as default is the show
> desktop feature in the bottom left (as this is serving a very similar
> purpose to the show desktop button).
> This bug report received the following reply:
> > I agree that we should consider changing the defaults here, but the
> > changes you are requesting require more discussion and should rather
> > be done on an appropriate mailing list or forum.
> So hence my posting here.

Perhaps posting on the compiz mailing list would be better:

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