Ubuntu 10.04 introduces a change on the default placement of the close, minimize, and maximize buttons on windows. This is a clone of where the Mac folks have had them over recent years, and a design that I remember originally back in Beos days.
I can understand that Mark wanted a more Mac like experience with 10.04, as Ubuntu seems looking past MS Windows parity and towards Mac OS parity at this point. However, for those of us that are straight up Linux nuts through and through, and could give a damn about what The Steve thinks about close buttons, it’s actually quite easy to put the buttons back on the right side of the window.
First, get to a terminal and run gconf-editor.
Next, navigate to /apps/metacity/general/button_layout. You just need to change this key to be “:function1,function2,function3”. If you are using the Human or Humanity themes the correct order would be “:minimize,maximize,close”. If you’d like to use the new Ambiance theme “:maximize,minimize,close” will look better, because the beveling is actually just a trick of the images, it’s not intrinsic to the button area.
See, it wasn’t that hard, so now people can get back to real work instead of flipping out that their buttons are in the wrong places. 🙂