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GNOME To Lose Minimize, Maximize Buttons 797

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An anonymous reader writes "When GNOME 3 arrives in a month, users might be surprised to see old UI staples 'minimize' and 'maximize' buttons gone and replaced by... nothing, in the case of minimizing, and either drag-up or double-click-titlebar for maximizing. Says Allan Day, GNOME Marketing Contractor: 'Without minimize, the GNOME 3 desktop is a more focused UI, and it is a UI that has a consistent high level of quality. Yes, moving to a minimiseless world might take a little getting used to for some, but the change makes sense and has clear benefits.' Some users already welcome the change, while others are in an uproar, swearing to wait for GNOME 3.2, switch to KDE or even Windows. What do you think? A better, simpler interface for new times, or a case of making something simpler than it should be?" I like minimize and maximize buttons, but I'll admit to liking the look of GNOME 3 .
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GNOME To Lose Minimize, Maximize Buttons

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 05, 2011 @12:56PM (#35389448)

    Windows: focus groups, study users, never get it quite brilliant but basically give people what they want.

    Apple: try to think about what will appeal to the user, deliver to maximise experience.


  • by mickwd (196449) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @01:08PM (#35389534)

    Odd that they have a GNOME Marketing Contractor, when the GNOME Devs themselves seem to be doing such a good job of contracting their market (share).

  • by AmberBlackCat (829689) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @01:38PM (#35389820)

    Somewhere a million Microsoft employees are smiling.

    And they're smiling because, when the boss comes in while they're looking at Natalie Portman pictures, they can click the Minimize button...

  • by Jafafa Hots (580169) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @02:39PM (#35390340) Homepage Journal

    Ya know what would be REALLY bold? Replace the keyboard.

    A radical departure would be a wall hanging with little pictures on it. Now, the unimaginitive would likely want the pictures to represent actions and things a computer would do. NO. That's too microsoft. A BOLD wall-hanging device would use pictures that DON'T correspond to actions. Like, a cartoon of a dog is what you hit to delete files.
    But here's the fun part - there are TWO pictures of dogs, both hidden behind blank tiles. When you uncover one, it shows the dog for a few seconds and then goes blank. You have to remember where that is and then find the SECOND dog to complete the action.

    I know what you're thinking- "That's not innovative, I've played that game before!" oh no, not THIS bold game you haven't. THIS one changes the position of all of the pictures under the blank tiles every time you open one. So you CAN'T memorize where the 1st dog was to find the second one.

    Plus you can't use fingers. Nope. You use BEANBAGS. A sensor makes sure you're at least ten feet from the control, and you have to peg the tiles in the right order, throwing blindly, to complete the action. And these are not just ANY beanbags, they're special RFID beanbags. Don't lose any, though, they are expensive and demand is outstripping production so the wait for replacements is about 6 months.

    Studies have shown that people LOVE bean bag toss games. This will make the computer using experience MUCH more enjoyable.

    We also have a contract with Adobe. They have hired us to make Photoshop more user friendly. Currently we're looking at the bold move of replacing the entire Photoshop paradigm with something entirely different. The final decision hasn't been made. but the current favorite concept is to replace the entire Photoshop Suite with MKV files of Underdog cartoons. (MKV, not AVI. MKV is more fresh and innovative!)

    Our internal studies show people in an office would rather watch Underdog than do photo editing anyway.

  • by Culture20 (968837) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @03:10PM (#35390574)

    What makes you believe you can't turn them on and off?

    Awesomebar. FOSS writers are becoming French nobles, locked up in their personal versions of Versailles. "The people have no minimize button? Let them recompile"

  • Whereas KDE policy is "If you disKover some empty spaKe, add an useless feature or somethinK very very irritatinK. The iKon must be shiny, rotatinK, and Kontain at least one K.", the GNOME policy is the opposite: "If you find a feature, it might confuse a user, so remove it."

    The alpha 3.0 release, Project Topaz, will be the perfect GNOME's desktop, as it will have absolutely Gno features at all. It will simply use excessive amounts of system resources, and do Gnothing but sit there. This final version will contain only a single button. When the user pushes it, it pops up a beautifully anti-aliased text box on a white screen telling the user to use a pen and a piece of paper to do their work and to shut their computer off.

    GNOME 2.30 will be renamed to 3.0 because it will require 3GB of RAM and a modern graphics card with OpenGL 3.0 support; the graphical debugger requires a 128-bit processor, which has Gnot yet been invented, and a 3GB video card with optional 5-D rendering capability.

    GNOME's logo is a huge footprint, but it is Gnot clearly established whether it is a huge memory footprint or a huge disk footprint.

    (from Uncyclopedia [])

  • by cOldhandle (1555485) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @04:49PM (#35391414)
    Yeah, I agree, this is a great change. Before, I always wanted more blank space on the title bar, and it was a bit boring and unsatisfying to just maximize windows with a single input event. Minimizing windows to organize them with a single input event was always a bit unsatisfying too, your approach seems much more logical, and only requires a few dozen extra input events - I'm glad the choice to work either way has been eliminated. Yeah, dragging and dropping is very enjoyable, I always try to incorporate that into my workflow.
  • by aok (5389) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @05:33PM (#35391734)

    The GNOME developers clearly don't surf for porn or they don't do it in an environment where they could get caught :)

    It's like there's a unified anti-porn conspiracy. First Ubuntu makes me lose the ability to quickly cube rotate to another workspace, now GNOME prevents me from quickly minimizing. I hope they at least retain the ability to set the mouse scroll-wheel on the titlebar to shade windows! :)

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