Re: Is the Minimize button still useful with gnome-shell ?

Sorry to ask this in here, but did my message with the mockup get posted (as I got a message that it was awaiting moderator approval, as the body was too long - probably somehow related to the attachment -)? If not than here is a copy of the message with a link rather than an attachment:

In reply to Glen Patras:
Rather than a new UI, wouldn't a button launching the gnome-shell be better, example (see mockup below/attached):
 * You click the button.
 * Gnome shell opens with a text over each workspace "Drop window here" (See below).
 * Possibly the rest of the interfaces are greyed out, and only activate after clicking outside the dropable workspaces or the button above it.
The mockup is based on an online gnome-shell screenshot as I currently don't have linux myself, so I hope its up to date. (And if it's an standard up to date interface, than it has gotten far too complicated in the mean time with the new buttons, but that's entirely offtopic).
  David Mulder
Link to mockup:

On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 11:42 PM, Ryan Peters <sloshy45 sbcglobal net> wrote:
On 03/22/2010 11:55 AM, Glen Patras wrote:
On Sat, 2010-03-20 at 19:01 +0100, Rovanion Luckey wrote:
Yeah, that makes sense. The left side of the window could have "left"
and "right" buttons for workspace switching (makes the feature more
obvious to new users). It'd make it look a little more "balanced" (two
buttons on each side), wouldn't it? The program icon can go right
before the window title (saves space and looks better than sitting in
the corner IMO).

Tough the one does not have to exclude the other as my friend here
pointed out. Sometimes you simply want a a window to go away for a
while, not having it pop up on another workspace. So removing this
feature goes against Gnome Shell guidelines dictating that the user
should be able to work in a focused manner on a task. The user would
not be able to hide away ie chatwindows effectively.

And on the balancing point. I don't know if that would result in the
title bar being any more "balanced" since the movement-buttons could
range from zero to four. Or maybe there should always be one button
visible even tough there is only one workspace open, and this button
would open up a second workspace and then move the window to that

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Changing it to a workspace switcher button makes sense, but to make it
simple shouldn't it just open a floating menu with options based on the
workspaces as they are presently configured with a couple extra options
on the bottom, rather than add multiple buttons?


[1] [2]
[*] [4]
[C] [+]


# - # of workspace
* - current workspace (most probably greyed out)
C - Closet workspace (if that idea is used)
+ - create a new workspace and send the window there.


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Sounds great, but what would the use be for a current workspace option when it isn't grayed out?

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