I have to say I am disappointed by the proposed change in button position, and quite frankly surprised that it is getting any support. So here's my run-down of why I think it's a bad idea (after screenshot):
1. It's not like Windows or OSX. E.G.
OSX = [x][min][max][====bar====]
Lucid = [min][max][x][====bar====]
Windows = [====bar====][min][max][x]
It's not going to be an easy transition from any platform to this as it stands. There are literally decades of ingrained history of 'close is in the top right/left corner'. Now is it in a seemingly arbitary position. It is possible to get used to it, but it brings no benifits making it confusing change for the sake of confusing change.
OSX supports a unified file menu, meaning the existing file menu is in the very top left of the screen. Ubuntu doesn't, putting the file menu immediatley below the window title bar. This means the chance of mis-clicks of people going for 'file' or 'edit' and accidentally hitting min/max/close increases greatly.
The Fitts law arguments also make no sense - it doesn't apply here. I also refute the argument that grouping the controls makes it easier to go from one to the other for two reasons.
- File menus are drop downs, meaning by the time you have interacted with them your cursor will be far enough away as to not make a difference (and the subsequent interaction with the title buttons will then require a lot more care and precision)
- The chances of you using the two groups of buttons in serial is extremely low - grouping them makes no real advantage.
It looks very visually unbalanced to have such tightly packed controls cluttered on the left yet large amounts of nothing on the right. The always red close button that isn't in the corner also looks a bit strange and 'abandoned'. With such a large amount of unused space on the right it raises the question of if that space can be used more efficiently. There have certainly been motions on other platforms to use this space more efficiently, ala:
If there was a serious departion here to save screen space (always a good thing) It would be good - but there isn't.
There is no point to this. It doesn't bring any actual improvements in looks or usability. There is no technical need for it. While I am all behind improving things and willing to re-learn if there is an improvement in efficiency at the end there is no such case here. It's change for the sake of it.
I have a keyboard where the creator saw fit to replace the pause/break key with a 'power' key (and move the pause/break key down). I ended up physically removing the key from the keyboard as I kept accidentally shutting it down and I believe we'll have the same effect here.