Ubuntu 18.04 UI

While I use Ubuntu all these years I think Canonical should forego its efforts on UI changes all together. Ubuntu finally switched back to Gnome 3 from its own Unity last year, which is a good start.

There are so many pointless UI changes from Ubuntu:

  • Gnome to Unity and back to Gnome
  • Min/Max/Close from up-right corner to left-up corner, now back to up-right.
  • Save/Open button to the top of the dialog window instead of bottom as it was used to be all these years. This change is new in Ubuntu 18.04 and there is no easy way to change it(see below).
  • Opened multiple terminals(or other programs) will be grouped together and there is no way to un-group them. You now need extra steps to pick a program out of a group which is totally dumb. Alt-Tab won’t pick your exact program directly any more.
  • Click on a docked program to auto minimize/maximize a window is gone, you have to explicitly click on the “minimize” on the window to do it now.

gnome-tweak-tool package can mitigate some of the issues, but not all. It would be nice if Ubuntu just stick with Gnome and improve it along with others such as Redhat.

I now use gnome-session-flashback to get a legacy Gnome experience, which fixes all the problems Canonical added to its “enhanced” UI.

Last, to revert the position of Save/Open button location I need do:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings overrides "{'Gtk/DialogsUseHeader':<0>}"