When it comes to computers, I like my operating system to look pretty. I have always loved Mac OS for its clean lines, sensible visual layout, its strong adherence to usability standards and conformity, and in the latest versions its sheer functional beauty. Windows 7 brings a level of maturity to the Microsoft’s offering, but it’s taken until the latest versions of Ubuntu for me to take them seriously from a GUI perspective. Until now it’s always seemed… half hearted. Like an old Windowblinds skin that was knocked up in an afternoon and never really caught on. Ubuntu 10.04 is a bit of a game-changer in this respect – it looks really good, even by today’s standards. Maybe not quite the polish and shine of its competitors, not yet anyway, but it at least beats Windows XP and equals Vista in my opinion.
What does grate against me slightly is the decision to put the window controls in the top left corner. That’s the way Macs do it, and they’ve always done it that way, and that’s fine, but Linux doesn’t. Linux has always been top right, like Windows. Moving them in this version seems unnecessary, gimmicky. So I had a look around to try to find a way to put them back where I think they belong. Thankfully, a post on HubPages pointed me in the right direction. You can follow the instructions over there, or alternatively stick with me and I’ll show you myself.