Re: 13.04 Just a few remarks about the taskbar
The desktop is not the correct place for application shortcuts when you've got a special place for the shortcuts on the left side of the screen, that will always be on top.
Originally Posted by thany
I'll also correct you: You can make shortcuts on the desktop with your file browser.
It's not "the start menu"; that's what they have in Windows. We have the Dash, and it's only fullscreen if you've got a small screen.
5) The start menu is still fullscreen. Totally overkill.
Er... you kidding?
6) No apparant way to browse software installed on the pc.
Linux grew up.
because in Linux' nature, everything should be customizable and therefor needs a menu to do just that.
Because it merges the title bar of maximised windows AND the menubar, too.
9) Why not merge the top bar and taskbar into one, like Windows does so brilliantly?
You claim to be a Windows 7 user. Maximise, minimise and restore are not present in Windows 7 jumplists either. Also, as in Windows 7, you open a second instance by middle-clicking the icon.
10) The rightclick menu for an icon (on the taskbar again) has too few options. When the application isn't running, something like properties seems missing. When it is running, maximize/restore/minimize seems missing. Also no way to open a second instance.
Earlier, you wanted to merge everything into one bar, and now you want to unfold everything again because "there's enough space". You might have missed it if you weren't using computers back then, but one of the reasons Firefox became so popular is because it ditched most of the "chrome" in favour of giving the user more space for their content. Funnily enough, when Google Chrome came along that was one of its big selling points too. People prefer to have usable screen space for their content, not taken up by the operating system.
11) The top bar fades between the application name and it's menu. Confusing. There's enough space and all the reason to keep the menu in view all the time.
12) Maximized applications have no visible restore/minimize/close buttons (only invisible ones, made visible by hovering the top bar). Confusing.
I can tell, some of your criticisms about Unity are also criticisms about Windows 7, which funnily enough "does all of these things right".
That's it for now. Back to Windows 7 again, which does all of these things right. Disclaimer: I'm not looking for a Windows 7 clone!
Enjoy Windows 7. Unfortunately it sounds like you'll be completely unable to switch to anything else in 2020 when Windows 7 runs out of support.
KDE is not a sensible one either, it's bloated and the start button (on the keyboard) doesn't even work.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.