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Moving ubuntu minimize, maximize, & close buttons on Ubuntu 10.04

Posted 05-15-2010 at 10:04 AM by jkzfixme

As I drink my scotch after a long day of golfing I ponder life's great philosophical questions, such as the direction that Linux is heading, and if the wife is going to yell at me for that new scotch stain on the couch. Are we men, or are we mac users ? I mean seriously, whats with the buttons on the left ? Is it some insidious plot to ruin my optimistic attitude in life, like the KFC Double Down ? Is it a new direction that Ubuntu is going if it has already been trodden down by turtleneck wearing hipsters ? Am I set in my ways and just not as open to change as I should be ? I stopped running windows at home many years ago, and have never looked back, however am I doing my daughter an injustice by not having her familiarized with the more deplorable parts of today's computing market, such as windows ? And will this fork in the road lead toward an interface eventually so changed that they are no longer interchangeable to an unfamiliar user ? As it stands now it is not a big deal, just a short glimpse to the other side of the window and your are back in business. However I decided to move them back to a more familiar location. Here is how to do it, either open up a terminal or you can even use the run box by typing in ALT + F2 then type in the following

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string menu:minimize,maximize,close
In conclusion I would like to think that as an IT professional I am OK with change, as I deal with it on a daily basis. However, I would like to see some reasons behind it, If its not broken don't fix it.

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