Unity launcher does not persist upon hovering the Ubuntu icon

Bug #733448 reported by Vincent on 2011-03-11
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

Apparently to make the launcher appear in Unity on the current daily build of Ubuntu 11.04, you have to move the cursor completely into the corner. However, when hovering the Ubuntu icon without touching the corner of the screen, the launcher already fades in a bit, without persisting (i.e. it disappears again the moment the cursor leaves the icon). I found this very confusing, as I had gotten the idea that to open the launcher, you had to hover the icon, but because I didn't touch the corner, it disappeared again the moment I moved my cursor onto the launcher.

A good solution would probably be to either have the launcher persist if the cursor is moved on top of it even when it is semi-transparent, or to not have it fade in at all.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: unity 3.6.4-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-6.34-generic 2.6.38-rc7
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-6-generic i686
Architecture: i386
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,mousepoll,vpswitch,regex,animation,snap,expo,move,compiztoolbox,place,grid,imgpng,gnomecompat,wall,ezoom,workarounds,staticswitcher,resize,fade,unitymtgrabhandles,scale,session,unityshell]
CompositorRunning: compiz
 status: connected
 enabled: enabled
 dpms: On
 modes: 1366x768
 status: disconnected
 enabled: disabled
 dpms: Off
Date: Fri Mar 11 18:50:58 2011
DistUpgraded: Fresh install
DistroCodename: natty
DistroVariant: ubuntu
 Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:a011] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device [8086:a001]
   Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device [8086:a001]
LiveMediaBuild: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha i386 (20110311)
LiveMediaBuild_: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha i386 (20110311)
LiveMediaBuild__: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha i386 (20110311)
MachineType: Zareason Corporation PT20
ProcKernelCmdLine: noprompt cdrom-detect/try-usb=true persistent file=/cdrom/preseed/hostname.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.lz quiet splash --
ProcVersionSignature_: Ubuntu 2.6.38-6.34-generic 2.6.38-rc7
ProcVersionSignature__: Ubuntu 2.6.38-6.34-generic 2.6.38-rc7
Renderer: Unknown
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
dmi.bios.date: 03/10/2010
dmi.bios.vendor: Phoenix Technologies LTD
dmi.bios.version: PT20_B1.1.216_E1.1.351_P0
dmi.board.asset.tag: Not Applicable
dmi.board.name: PT20
dmi.board.vendor: Zareason Corporation
dmi.board.version: MP
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: No Asset Tag
dmi.chassis.type: 1
dmi.chassis.vendor: Zareason Corporation
dmi.chassis.version: N/A
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnPhoenixTechnologiesLTD:bvrPT20_B1.1.216_E1.1.351_P0:bd03/10/2010:svnZareasonCorporation:pnPT20:pvrMP:rvnZareasonCorporation:rnPT20:rvrMP:cvnZareasonCorporation:ct1:cvrN/A:
dmi.product.name: PT20
dmi.product.version: MP
dmi.sys.vendor: Zareason Corporation
version.compiz: compiz 1:0.9.4-0ubuntu4
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.23-1ubuntu3
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 7.10.1-0ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg: xserver-xorg 1:7.6~3ubuntu11
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.14.0-0ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.14.0-4ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.16+git20110107+b795ca6e-0ubuntu5

Vincent (vinnl) wrote :
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-design
rima (rima) wrote :

This is even more confusing when you use only slide effect (no fade): the launcher goes in and out depending on where I put the cursor, and the behavior is very unintuitive. I think simplicity should help here: when you hover the ubuntu button (or the rectangular area around it), then the launcher should entirely pop and stay still until the cursor exits that area and the launcher itself. To reconcile with accidental showing of the launcher (e.g. when trying to close a maximized window), there should be no delay before hiding, so that everything is much snappier and natural.

Vincent (vinnl) wrote :

As this icon is no longer present, I marked the bug as invalid.

Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Invalid
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