Launcher icons should be compressed at top, not at the bottom

Reported by Rüdiger Kupper on 2012-04-15
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This bug affects 2 people
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Ayatana Design
Undecided
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Unity
Wishlist
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unity (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
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Bug Description

If the number of icons displayed in the launcher is too big, icons at the bottom of the launcher are shown in "compressed 3d-view".
I believe that this is the wrong place to compress icons. Instead, icons should be compressed at the top of the launcher, or possibly its middle. Reason:

The bottom of the launcher displays icons of applications that are currently running. The top/middle of the launcher displays icons that are frequentyl used, but not necessarily running at the time.

It can be argued that icons of programs that are known to be actually running need a way to be directly accessed. Icons of programs that are frequently used, but may not be running at the time, are less important compared to those that are known to be running. Icons of actually running programs are displayed at the bottom of the launcher. These should be shown in full size under all circumstances. Icons of programms that are often used, but possibly not running at the time, are displayed at the top of the launcher. These may be shown in "compressed 3d-view" in order to save space.

A better way may be to compress only icons of programs that are not currently running, no matter where they are located in the launcher.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: unity 4.28.0-0ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-17.30-generic 3.0.22
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-17-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
.proc.driver.nvidia.gpus.0: Error: [Errno 21] Is a directory: '/proc/driver/nvidia/gpus/0'
.proc.driver.nvidia.registry: Binary: ""
.proc.driver.nvidia.version:
 NVRM version: NVIDIA UNIX x86_64 Kernel Module 280.13 Wed Jul 27 16:53:56 PDT 2011
 GCC version: gcc version 4.6.1 (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.6.1-9ubuntu3)
.tmp.unity.support.test.0:

ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu4
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,vpswitch,resize,mousepoll,place,move,compiztoolbox,obs,gnomecompat,imgpng,shift,regex,wall,session,unitymtgrabhandles,wobbly,animation,expo,ezoom,workarounds,fade,scale,unityshell]
CompositorRunning: compiz
Date: Sun Apr 15 22:00:04 2012
DistUpgraded: Log time: 2011-10-14 18:20:34.279518
DistroCodename: oneiric
DistroVariant: ubuntu
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
GraphicsCard:
 nVidia Corporation G84M [Quadro NVS 140M] [10de:0429] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Lenovo ThinkPad T61 [17aa:20d8]
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release amd64 (20110427.1)
JockeyStatus:
 xorg:nvidia_173 - NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (Proprietary, Disabled, Not in use)
 xorg:nvidia_173_updates - NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (post-release updates) (Proprietary, Disabled, Not in use)
 xorg:nvidia_current - NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (Proprietary, Disabled, Not in use)
 xorg:nvidia_current_updates - NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (post-release updates) (Proprietary, Enabled, In use)
MachineType: LENOVO 6457BBG
PccardctlIdent:
 Socket 0:
   no product info available
PccardctlStatus:
 Socket 0:
   no card
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-3.0.0-17-generic root=UUID=b21f14a2-0cbe-4c79-9c1a-ffc886f22cff ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-10-14 (184 days ago)
XorgConf:
 Section "Device"
  Identifier "Default Device"
  Option "NoLogo" "True"
 EndSection
dmi.bios.date: 03/18/2011
dmi.bios.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.bios.version: 7LETC9WW (2.29 )
dmi.board.name: 6457BBG
dmi.board.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.board.version: Not Available
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: No Asset Information
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: LENOVO
dmi.chassis.version: Not Available
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnLENOVO:bvr7LETC9WW(2.29):bd03/18/2011:svnLENOVO:pn6457BBG:pvrThinkPadT61:rvnLENOVO:rn6457BBG:rvrNotAvailable:cvnLENOVO:ct10:cvrNotAvailable:
dmi.product.name: 6457BBG
dmi.product.version: ThinkPad T61
dmi.sys.vendor: LENOVO
version.compiz: compiz 1:0.9.6+bzr20110929-0ubuntu6.1
version.ia32-libs: ia32-libs 20090808ubuntu26
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.26-1ubuntu1
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 7.11-0ubuntu3.2
version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 7.11-0ubuntu3.2
version.nvidia-graphics-drivers: nvidia-graphics-drivers N/A
version.xserver-xorg: xserver-xorg 1:7.6+7ubuntu7.1
version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:2.6.0-1ubuntu13
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.14.99~git20110811.g93fc084-0ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.15.901-1ubuntu2.1
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.16+git20110411+8378443-1

description: updated
summary: - Luncher icons should be compressed at top, not at the bottom
+ Launcher icons should be compressed at top, not at the bottom
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
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