"I've yet to hear a convincing argument to the contrary"/ What a coincidence, I've yet to hear a convincing arguement for these disruptions at all myself. Just because you see something as "trivial" does not make it so to other users. Stop thinking your view is the only correct one. Why the **** do you think people keep disagreeing with things? They don't like things changing with no apparent benefit. Like the "buttons" issue, there was no apparent benefit. It was change for the sake of change, trying to be more like Apple. It's pathetic, and for a so-called "community" distro like Ubuntu, you'd think they'd consult more, and listen to, their base. But no, lets just change things around because WE think it looks good. Never mind what anyone else wants, WE like it. This mentality is one of the reasons I moved to Mint. If you're not listening to your community, then it isn't a community project, no matter what you claim. It isn't rocket science.
Clam down Midnighter.
Here is the bottom line of the situation. Moving a couple of buttons a couple of pixels to the left is
trivial. My view is right, because my view is that I don't care
. They could put the buttons in the middle of the window and I wouldn't care, because they will still be buttons that I click on to do the same exact things if they were a little further to the right.
As I said before, I prefer buttons on the left because my cursor spends most of the time on the left anyway (consider: this is where menus are situated, not to mention that it's completely natural to order things from left to right by importance because of the direction we read). But, I don't think it matters one little bit where they are by default. It's not like they're removing the buttons and putting a mini-command line in the upper left where you have to type commands to manipulate windows. A 5 year old child could figure out that the buttons are the same.
The problem with running big projects is that the voice of dissent is always much more powerful than that of agreement (this is human nature). The Ubuntu community has become a bunch of people whining about every change that comes through and calling it unnecessary. Why don't we just stop development and leave it where it is so that everyone stays happy? Because then they would all complain that enough wasn't being done.
Ubuntu has no reason to care what people say, because in the end it won't make a difference. Complaining about every change they push through is pointless and irritating, especially when the changes that are focused on most are the ones that matter the least. For example, the removal of the notification area carries much more impact then the moving of the buttons, yet this topic has reverted to that less important point anyway. I'd like someone to run a social experiment comparing people's reactions over the moved buttons after about a half hour of use. I'd be willing to bet a significant amount of money that the vast majority wouldn't mind the change at all, and that a decent portion would like the new placement.
Summary: I don't care where the buttons go, and no matter how much you curse and yell about it, in the end it still doesn't matter that they're 5 inches from where they used to be.