The fact that Ubuntu 10.04 (long term support) is converting the placement of the windows controls to the left side. I caught the issue when the theme was first posted on the forums. I have now read two community posts on it; they even say this change came from on-high because people were not talking about it.
Perhaps I will offend some Canonical folks with this then.
This change, in my opinion, is pointless. It makes nothing more user friendly. It makes nothing easier. In short the only reason I can see for this is Hubris. At the very least Ubuntu should allow this to be optional. These types of lock-in changes are the hallmark of Apple, not an open source community. Perhaps I am wrong… but currently I do not see any evidence that there is a compelling reason for this change.
note and revision:
You can change this by:
Then navigate to ‘apps / metacity / general’ look for the button layout and change it to read:
So, we can change this. This is not lock-in. I would still like, for the common user, a simple option to change the placement of the window controls.