Regression In Ubuntu GNU/Linux

“It is probably the most requested feature ever for the Ubuntu Linux operating system, and Ubuntu Unity developer Marco Trevisan announced yesterday on his Google+ page that Canonical finally decided to merge the hard work done by the Ubuntu Kylin team to bring the Unity 7 Launcher on the bottom edge.”
 
See It’s Official, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Now Lets Users Move the Unity Launcher to Bottom
It’s amazing how some folks think they’re inventing the wheel when they are actually re-inventing it. Take menus/task bars and such. Canonical thought it was revolutionary to put the bar on the left side of the screen to save space on huge or tiny screens. Just now they think it’s progress to allow users to move it to the bottom, again. I was able to move my KDE “panel” around on my first desktop distro, Caldera e-Desktop, in 2000…, so they’re 16 years late. Oh, it’s not click and drag. You have to run a command from the keyboard… Sigh. It’s the 21st century and they are going backwards.

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7 Responses to Regression In Ubuntu GNU/Linux

  1. oiaohm says:

    kurkosdr Xerox PARC(goes on to form the base to Apple) and Project Athena(Start of X11) Both do the menu stuck at top of screen.

    Both Ubuntu and KDE copied the MS Windows model of per-window menus, so in Unity you get menus on top of menus. No sense of taste whatsoever.
    No before MS Windows has it first line of code both Xerox PARC and Project Athena had done per Windows menus.

    Due to excess mouse travel distance Project Athena rejects the idea of top of screen menu. Due to user friendliness idea when Apple takes over Xerox PARC they go with the menu stuck on top of screen.

    Per Windows menu is copied from Xerox PARC or Project Athena work its not something Microsoft invented.

    KDE menu placement is from older Mostif

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motif_%28software%29#/media/File:Plan_Open_Motif_screenshot.png

    Plan program source code predates Microsoft writing a single line of code on Windows. Serous-ally Windows 2.x and 3.x looks so much like Motif it not funny. There is one addition close button but that was a different WM on Unix offered that.

    Yes the fact in Windows 3.x applications turned to icon on desktop when reduced was exactly following Motif wm behavior. So there is absolutely no new graphical user interface features in Windows 3.x. 95 does is the introduction of a button on screen to display application list and that not new since CDE had that before 95.

    The reality is Microsoft when it comes to new graphical user interfaces features you cannot in fact list many and the ones you can list are reworks of existing.

  2. kurkosdr says:

    That is in fact a copy of something from Xerox and early X11 prototypes.

    Yeah, yeah right… Ubuntu’s Unity is not the UI design equivalent of putting a Ferrari fiberglass body on a Pontiac Fiero, I get it.

    The real issue is that, like most cargo cult UI design, it just doesn’t work. Both Ubuntu and KDE copied the MS Windows model of per-window menus, so in Unity you get menus on top of menus. No sense of taste whatsoever.

    I like MATE though. In this day and age where every art major hipster throws his fashion statement on our screens, MATE stays true to the essence. Too bad it still sits on top of X.org, PulseAudio, silly updaters that ask for sudo password to update, and Desktop Linux in general.

  3. oiaohm says:

    kurkosdr OS X’s global menu That is in fact a copy of something from Xerox and early X11 prototypes.

    Most GUI stuff is not new design.

  4. Mats Hagglund says:

    I have used right side toolbar for Linux Mint MATE for years though my default platform is nowadays Cinnamon. I use the right side for toolbar because my field of view on left has weakened during the last 10 years.

  5. kurkosdr says:

    windows menus = window menus

  6. kurkosdr says:

    FOSS User Interface design is the act of making knockoffs of proprietary software, so no wonder Ubuntu looks like a poor OS X knockoff. I especially like how they copied OS X’s global menu, despite the fact most Linux apps copy the Windows paradigm of having windows menus. It doesn’t work well.

  7. dougman says:

    I don’t even have a bar anymore, just a dock at the bottom.

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