Monday, 3 May 2010

Mark Shuttleworth >> Window indicators

Mark Shuttleworth >> Blog Archive >> Window indicators

Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical CEO, has today given us a glimpse of what the controversial future of the window titlebar might look like in Ubuntu!

The heroes of the story are what are being called "windicators", e.g. indicators within windows. When I first read it over on OMG! Ubuntu! I thought, "Hang on, they'll be putting wind direction indicators in Ubuntu?" But I digress...

I, for one, am excited by the idea. I don't know how it will eventually get fleshed out, but I'm fairly certain that it will be awkward for a few releases, with the first iteration showing up in Maverick Meerkat (10.10). As with all new technology, it will take a few muddles and scuffles before it really shows what it can do.

But the bottom line is that "windicators" sound like a great new idea, of which there seem to be a distinct lack these days, amongst the major OSes. This has the potential to be one of the great features that make me proud to be an Ubuntu user.